Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Football superstar Lionel Messi is just two matches away from FIFA World Cup glory but his Argentina side must first find a way past Croatia at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.

Argentina and Messi will have to be ready for a tough challenge but the team has already demonstrated its willingness to dig deep to find a way to win at Qatar 2022.

Messi and co. were also forced into penalties before winning its quarterfinal against the Netherlands on Friday in a full-bloodied match which showed the South Americans will be no pushovers.

There are also still question marks around Angel Di Maria’s fitness meaning Messi will have even more pressure on his shoulders to inspire his side to its first World Cup final since 2014.

The magician has been in fine form during the tournament, already scoring four goals, but it’s also been his playmaking ability which has been so devastating. The 35-year-old may not have the lightning speed he once possessed but his passing and vision have been nothing short of remarkable at the tournament.

Croatia, meanwhile, will hope its veteran captain Luka Modrić can inspire the team to another final after it finished runner-up to France in 2018.

The 37-year-old has rolled back the years in Qatar and has kept alive his team’s hopes of another soccer miracle with a string of classy performances.

He’s been helped out by fellow midfielders, Marcelo Brozović and Mateo Kovačić, which, as a unit, will test Argentina.

Match timing

Argentina vs Croatia (12.30 am)