Lionel Messi was at his best mettle as he scored a goal and provided an assist as Argentina thrashed Croatia 3-0 in the semi final of the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday, to book a place in the final slated for Sunday.
The game which started on a cautious note in the first few minute later came to life after Lionel Messi netted from the penalty spot to give Argentina the lead.
The Croatia who had less efforts to threatened the Argentine goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez were forced to defend once they are not with the ball.
Luka Modric could not orchestrate some of his trickery and intelligent passes that he was known for as he was substituted in the 79th minute.
However, Argentina took the game beyond the reach of Croatia as Alvarez grabbed his brace with a delightful finish.
Argentina will now await the winner between France and Morocco in the final.
Watch Nigerian fans react to the match after the final whistle.