FIFA World Cup 2022: all records broken in the match Argentina vs Croatia

Doha: For a chance at redemption, Lionel Messi and company defeated Croatia at Lusail Stadium and marched to the 2022 FIFA World Cup final. In the third game between Argentina and Croatia in the World Cup, the first he scored three times to prevent Croatia from having a consecutive final appearance.

Lionel Messi started the lead by converting a penalty. Julain Alvarez extended the lead with an extraordinary run and a beautiful conversion. In the second half, thanks to an inexplicable Messi-esque assist from GOAT himself, Álvarez scored the third past goalkeeper Dominik Liwakovic.

Scroll to read the new records created in yesterday’s game between Argentina and Croatia.

Lionel Messi ties Lothar Matthaus for most World Cup appearances

Lionel Messi made his FIFA World Cup debut at the 2006 World Cup against Serbia and Montenegro. Lothar Matthaus, on the other hand, started for Germany in the 1982 World Cup. He appeared in four successive World Cups (1986,1990,1994,1998). Both have appeared in five World Cups, a record shared with four others.

2006 FIFA World Cup 3
2010 FIFA World Cup 5
2014 FIFA World Cup 7
2018 FIFA World Cup 4
FIFA World Cup 2022 6 (so far)
Total 25
Table 1

Lionel Messi will hold the record individually if he starts for Argentina against the winners of France vs Morocco.

Julián Álvarez is the youngest player to score twice in a World Cup semifinal or final since Pelé in 1958.

Julain Alvarez scores a wonderful goal past Dominik Liwakovic

Julián Álvarez (22y 316d) started for Argentina in the World Cup. Along with Messi, he has been an integral part of their World Cup journey thus far. He has scored four goals so far in the tournament, two of them yesterday against Croatia.

His performance in the Argentina vs. Croatia match has put him at the forefront of the race for the Golden Boot. In addition, he became the youngest player since Pele to score two goals in a World Cup final or semifinal since Pele ( 17 and 249d)

Lionel Messi became the first player to score and assist in four World Cup games.*

Lionel Messi is a hungry beast thirsty for his first World Cup. He has broken multiple records en route to the final at this World Cup

Lionel Messi in his first World Cup appearance captivated the world with his performance. He scored a goal as well as an assist on a high-scoring clean sheet. Fast forward to 2022, Lionel Messi notched an assist and a goal in three different games, against Mexico, against the Netherlands, and against Croatia.

Look at the record that Riot Messi and company achieved in the Group C match against Mexico here

Lionel Messi joins an elite list of players who have scored in R16, R8 and R4 in a single World Cup tournament

The knockout system starting with R16 or Pre-Quarters was introduced in 1986. Since then only six players including L Messi have scored at least one goal in R16, R8 and R4.

Salvatore Schillaci is the first player to do so (in 1990). Roberto Baggio became the runner-up at the 1994 World Cup, where Italy came second behind Brazil. At the same World Cup, Hristo Stoichkov became the third. Croatian magician Davor Suker joined the roster at the 1998 World Cup, while Wesley Sneijder became the fifth in 2010.

In this World Cup, Lionel Messi scored against Australia, the Netherlands and Croatia to create the record.

Lionel Messi has been involved in 19 World Cup goals (11 goals, 8 assists), equaling the best goals + assists tally for a player since 1966

Lionel Messi has equaled another record in the Argentina vs Croatia match. He now he has been involved in the most number of goal creations.

Year number of goals Number of assists Total
2006 1 1 two
2010 0 1 1
2014 4 1 5
2018 1 two 3
2022 5 3 8
General eleven 8 19
Table 2: Lionel Messi goal creations

With this, Lionel Messi equaled the record of Miroslav Klose (16 goals, 3 assists) and Gerd Muller (14 goals, 5 assists)

Can Messi and company create more history?

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