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Argentina and Croatia clash in the World Cup semifinals and all eyes are on Lionel Messi as he aims to go one step closer to achieving his one outstanding wish: winning the World Cup.

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La Albiceleste have done things the hard way throughout this World Cup tournament but they find themselves in the final four and are the heavy favorites against a stubborn Croatia side. Lionel Scaloni has seen his side improve as the tournament unfolded and there is a better balance about this Argentina midfield and defense. Plus, they have Messi.

As for Croatia, once again they’ve shocked us all. Luka Modric is pulling the strings and rolling back the years in midfield as Croatia has remarkably reached the semifinal stage in three of their six World Cup appearances. Zlatko Dalic has a team full of veterans and as they proved in their quarterfinal win against Brazil, the runners up in 2018 can hang in there, frustrate and then pounce when they get the opportunity to do so.

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How to watch Argentina vs Croatia live! Score, updates, stream link, videos

Kick off: 2pm ET – Tuesday, December 13


Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail 


TV channels en Español: Telemundo


Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

GOALLL! After some pressure from Croatia, Argentina have looked dangerous on the break. Now they are 3-0 up. Messi wriggles past Gvardiol and sets up Alvarez to finish. Goat doing goat things.

🔥 What an assist from Lionel Messi. GOAT. #ARG lead 3-0 in the World Cup semifinal and heading to the final. pic.twitter.com/NcyBAYoiT4

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) December 13, 2022

SAVEEEE! What a stop from Livakovic as he pushes Mac Allister’s header onto the far post.

GOALLL! Julian Alvarez with a superb run and he bundles his way through and scores. 2-0.

🔥 Julian Alvarez, my word, what a run!

Bulldozes his way through Croatia, gets a few lucky breaks, and finishes. #ARG 2-0 up against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal and have one foot in the final. pic.twitter.com/eyd8NRtFkA

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) December 13, 2022

GOALLL! After a slow start, Argentina lead. Alvarez taken out by Livakovic and Lionel Messi steps up and slams home the spot kick. 1-0 to Argentina.

🐐 Lionel Messi becomes Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer in the World Cup. #ARG pic.twitter.com/HyQGsec53z

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) December 13, 2022


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Obviously everyone will be watching Lionel Messi closely as his ridiculous assist against the Netherlands showcased his otherworldly talents. Others have been standing tall for Argentina too, especially Enzo Fernandez, Rodrigo de Paul and Alexis Mac Allister in midfield. At the back the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi have had strong tournaments, while Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel will miss this game through suspension.

Croatia have the talented, and experienced, trio of Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic holding down midfield, while youngster Josko Gvardiol has been sensational at center back and so has Borna Sosa at left back. The star in their penalty kick wins against Japan and Brazil has been goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and Croatia will need more heroics from him if they’re going to upset Argentina.

Introducing #Croatia starting lineup for the #FIFAWorldCup semifinals! 🤩 #ARGCRO #Qatar2022 #Family #Vatreni❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/xHABQ2aDju

— HNS (@HNS_CFF) December 13, 2022


Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3


World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)


World Cup appearances: 17


How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)


Coach: Lionel Scaloni


Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez


At 2022 World Cup – Beat Netherlands 4-3 on penalty kicks in quarterfinals after 2-2 draw

Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12


World Cup titles: 0


World Cup appearances: 6


Best-ever World Cup finish – Runners up in 2018


How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)


Coach: Zlatko Dalic


Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic


At 2022 World Cup – Beat Brazil 4-2 on penalty kicks in quarterfinals after 1-1 draw


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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the globe.

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Japan, Australia and Morocco made the last 16 with so many huge shocks during the tournament, but the Atlas Lions are the only one of the trio to survive into the semifinals. Germany, Denmark, and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

In the quarterfinals Croatia dumped out red-hot favorites Brazil on penalty kicks to blow the tournament wide-open, while Argentina edged past the Netherlands on penalty kicks in an epic encounter.

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The other side of the bracket saw Morocco stun Portugal and they will play France in the semifinal after Les Bleus beat England.

So, yeah, the semifinals, and final should be dynamite. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Knockout round kick-off times: 10am, 2pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, scores, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2022 World Cup, and be sure to subscribe to NBC Sports on YouTube!


Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H | Full tables


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Argentina vs Croatia (preview/live) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: France vs Morocco (preview/live) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am


Quarterfinal results

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Croatia 1-1 Brazil (Croatia wins 4-2 on penalties) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Argentina wins 4-3 on penalties) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Morocco 1-0 Portugal – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha


Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: England 1-2 France – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Round of 16 results

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands 3-1 USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Match 50 – Saturday, December 3: Argentina 2-1 Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France 3-1 Poland – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha


Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England 3-0 Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan 1-1 (AET, 1-3 PKs) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil 4-1 South Korea – Stadium 974, Doha


Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco 0-0 (AET, 3-0 PKs) Spain – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Group stage results

Group A

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands  – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am


Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Group B

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group C

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha


Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Recap/highlights: Poland 0-2 Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha


Recap/highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Group D

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha


Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Recap/highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Group E

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Japan 2-1 Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Group F

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5am


Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor


Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Croatia 0-0 Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights Canada 1-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group G

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am


Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Recap/highlights: Cameroon 1-0 Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Recap/highlights: Serbia 2-3 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha

Group H

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha


Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-1 Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Recap/highlights: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


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The 2022 FIFA World Cup features 32 nations competing in soccer’s biggest event in Qatar, the first World Cup ever held in the Middle East. This year marks the final edition of the tournament with a 32-nation field – that number is set to increase to 48 for the 2026 World Cup, which will have venues across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

This year’s Copa Mundial looks different for several reasons, including the dates (due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, the schedule was shifted to November-December instead of its traditional summer timing). But as always, the event features the world’s top fútbol nations vying for global glory as well as individual awards for top performers, including the coveted prize for attacking players: the Golden Boot.

At the last iteration of the World Cup, England’s Harry Kane, also a star for Premier League side Tottenham, took home the award thanks to his six goals, which likely helped soften the blow of the Three Lions falling 2-0 to Belgium in the third-place match. One of the top storylines to watch at this year’s World Cup is the swan song for two of the game’s biggest stars: Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo. Neither player has ever won the Golden Boot, and neither of their teams has won the World Cup during their tenures. Defending champions France will likely field some contenders for the award, including Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud. For more on the latest Golden Boot standings, odds and predictions throughout the tournament, follow along with ProSoccerTalk and NBC Sports Edge.

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What is the Golden Boot?

The Golden Boot is the award given to the top goal-scorer at each edition of the World Cup. If at the conclusion of the tournament two or more players are tied at the top of the list with the same number of goals, the award will go to the player with the most non-penalty goals, and if they are still tied, it will go to the player with the most assists. While there has always been a top goal-scorer at the tournament, the specific award has been given since 1982. It was known as “The Golden Show” until its re-christening in 2010.

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Who are the top scorers at 2022 World Cup?

1. Kylian Mbappe (France) – 5


2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 4


3. Olivier Giroud (France) – 4


4. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) – 3


5. Marcus Rashford (England) – 3


6. Alvaro Morata (Spain) – 3


7. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) – 3


8. Bukayo Saka (England) – 3


9. Richarlison (Brazil) – 3


10. Goncalo Ramos (Portugal) – 3


11. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) – 2


12. Mehdi Taremi (Iran) – 2


13. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) – 2


14. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana) – 2


15. Cho Gue-Sung (South Korea) – 2


16. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) – 2


17. Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) – 2


18. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) – 2


19. Kai Havertz (Germany) – 2


20. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) – 2


21. Niclas Fullkrug (Germany) – 2


22. Ritsu Doan (Japan) – 2


23. Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Uruguay) – 2


24. Julian Alvarez (Argentina) – 2


25. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 2


26. Ferran Torres (Spain) – 2


27. Wout Weghorst (Netherlands) – 2


28. Rafael Leao (Portugal) – 2

World Cup top scorers
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All past Golden Boot winners (1982-2018)

1982: Paolo Rossi (ITA) – 6

1986: Gary Lineker (GBR) – 6

1990: Salvatore Schillaci – 6

1994: Oleg Salenko (RUS) / Hristo Stoichkov (BUL) – 6

1998: Davor Suker (CRO) – 6

2002: Ronaldo (BRA) – 8

2006 – Miroslav Klose (GER) – 5

2010 – Thomas Muller (GER) – 5

2014 – James Rodriguez (COL) – 6

2018 – Harry Kane (GBR) – 6


When is the 2022 World Cup?

The World Cup begins Sunday, November 20th with host nation Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opener. The group stage runs through December 3rd before the knockout rounds begin. The final is set to take place on Sunday, December 18th.

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Bill Foley, an American billionaire who owns the Vegas Golden Knight in the NHL, has completed a move to buy Premier League side Bournemouth.

Viva Las Bournemouth.

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Bournemouth’s current owner Maxim Demin had been in ‘advanced talks’ with a group led by Bill Foley and now the deal has been confirmed, with reports suggesting Bournemouth were sold close to $185 million.

Foley, 77, is the main man behind the takeover as he now owns 100 percent of Bournemouth.

Bournemouth are now the 10th current Premier League side to be owned, or have a significant ownership stake in them, by Americans.


Statement from Bournemouth, Bill Foley

In a statement confirming the takeover, Bournemouth said that the club has been sold to Black Knight Football Club, of which Bill Foley is the Managing General Partner. They added that a “number of limited partners including a 50.1% interest for Cannae Holdings Inc., and certain other investors many of whom invested in the Vegas Golden Knights” have joined Foley and the deal has been fully ratified by the Premier League.

Award-winning actor Michael B. Jordan is leading the minority group of owners, along with Nullah Sarker (The Players Tribune, Davis Cup).

Bournemouth added that Foley will assume the role as chairman with immediate effect, will be at their next home match against Crystal Palace on December 31 and has purchased a home in the local area.

“Bill is committed to increased investment in AFC Bournemouth’s first team as well as the academy and fan experience at Vitality Stadium, on top of immediately beginning construction of a state-of-the-art training centre and increasing financial commitment to the AFC Bournemouth women’s team and girls’ teams,” the statement added.

As for Bill Foley, he had the following to say about his purchase of Bournemouth.

“I have tremendous respect for the passion and support the Bournemouth community shows for this club and believe that connection to the community is the foundation for success of any sports team,” Foley said.

“We will move forward with an ‘always advance, never retreat’ approach that has defined all of my endeavours. I am committed to work with the best football and business minds available to enhance player development, facilities, and the fan experience to put AFC Bournemouth in the best possible position to succeed.”


What could this mean for Bournemouth?

After their return to the Premier League this summer following two seasons in the second tier of English soccer, this seems like the right time for Demin to cash in.

He bought a stake in Bournemouth in 2015 and has helped bankroll their rise through the leagues as they eventually spent five seasons in the Premier League under Eddie Howe before they were relegated on the final day of the 2019-20 season.

Bournemouth’s manager, Scott Parker, was fired early this season for his outspoken comments against the ownership and the way the club was being run but it is now clear that the lack of big spending on new summer signings was because Demin is close to selling the club.

Bill Foley is at the Vitality Stadium for Bournemouth’s match v. Leicester.

Foley is the owner of the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights and has reportedly agreed to become the new owner of Bournemouth. #MyPLMorning | #AFCB pic.twitter.com/IFsd7u3RcC

— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 8, 2022

What this could mean is Foley coming in and bringing a healthy transfer budget to be used in January, and beyond.

With Gary O’Neil recently named as their new permanent manager after a very successful spell in charge as caretaker boss, it will be intriguing to see what direction Bournemouth head in.

Their Vitality Stadium home has the smallest capacity (11,364) in the Premier League by some distance and Bournemouth have hoped to expand the stadium, or move to a new stadium altogether, for many years.

The main thing this new ownership brings is the chance to cement themselves as a Premier League club once again.

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After defeating Netherlands on penalty kicks in a madcap quarterfinal matchup, Argentina is on to the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup, where they’ll face Luka Modric and Croatia. It will be a showdown of experience when Luka Modric (fourth World Cup appearance) meets Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi (fifth World Cup appearance) to determine who makes it through to the final on December 18th. To get ready for that clash, see below for a look at Argentina’s past performance at the men’s World Cup, including their wins and results year-by-year.

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How many times has Argentina won the World Cup?

Argentina has won the World Cup twice, but it’s been nearly forty years since it happened last: the team won the 1978 edition on home soil, defeating Netherlands 3-1 in the final thanks in part extra time goals from Mario Kempes and Daniel Bertoni. Argentina last won the tournament in 1986, led by Diego Maradona, culminating in a 3-2 win over West Germany in the final at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. Argentina has never won the World Cup during Messi’s era, and the 35-year-old has said this will be his last appearance in soccer’s biggest tournament. If he wants to add that final missing piece to one of the most outstanding resumes in the history of the sport, Argentina will need to get past Croatia first.

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How many times has Argentina played in the World Cup?

Argentina has competed in 18 World Cups, including the 2022 edition in Qatar. The last time the team failed to qualify for a World Cup was in 1970, and the last time the Argentinians failed to advance from the group stage was in 2002. Argentina is a three-time World Cup runner-up (1930, 1990, 2014).

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Has Lionel Messi ever won a World Cup?

Despite being widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Lionel Messi has never won a World Cup title. He is a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, a ten-time La Liga champion and a four-time UEFA Champions League winner. He won his first major international title with Argentina’s victory in the 2021 Copa America, but the closest he has come to a World Cup title is Argentina’s 2014 runner-up finish to Germany.

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Argentina World Cup finishes by year

1930 – Runners up

1934 – Eliminated in first round

1938 – 1954: Did not compete

1958: Eliminated in group stage

1962: Eliminated in group stage

1966: Eliminated in quarterfinals

1970: Did not qualify

1974: Eliminated in second group stage

1978: Tournament champions

1982: Eliminated in second group stage

1986: Tournament champions

1990: Runners up

1994: Eliminated in round of 16

1998: Eliminated in quarterfinals

2002: Eliminated in group stage

2006: Eliminated in quarterfinals

2010: Eliminated in quarterfinals

2014: Runners up

2018: Eliminated in round of 16

How to watch Argentina vs Croatia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET – Tuesday, December 13


Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


TV channels en Español: Telemundo


Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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