In the 81st minute, Croatia came on for their captain Luka Modric, signaling their submission to Lionel Messi’s phenomenal Argentine team. This will probably be Modric’s last World Cup match. Messi will play one more, on December 18 in the presence of the FIFA World Cup trophy at the Lusail stadium.
The crucial moment is when Croatia’s star goalkeeper Livakovic fouled Álvarez in the penalty area, giving Messi the spot to score his record-breaking goal.
Scoring his fifth in the tournament, Messi surpassed Batistuta to become Argentina’s all-time leading World Cup goalscorer.
Five minutes later Álvarez will score again, causing the stadium to explode in delirium.
But the best moment of the game is when Messi, the GOAT, sped up from the midfield to break through the Croatian defense. Álvarez had nothing more to do than take advantage and end his memorable night.
The European team that defeated Brazil, Japan and Belgium to enter the semifinals had nothing to offer throughout the match.
Lionel Messi is now one step closer to being the first Argentine to lift the World Cup trophy since Maradona in 1986.