Argentina and Croatia will face off for a clash for the ages. But what happens if Lionel Messi and the Albiceleste fail to beat the Croatians in this stage?
Lionel Messi and Argentina entered the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar as one of the teams to beat. And even though their unbeaten streak came to an end in their debut, they were able to bounce back and prove that they are not going down without a fight.
The Argentines are coming off a tough match against Louis van Gaal and the Netherlands. They saw a 2-0 lead slip through their fingers but held on for the win after a penalty shoot-out.
Now they will face their toughest task yet. They will have to get past Luka Modrić and Croatia, the reigning runners-up and a team that left both Japan and Brazil behind after more than 120 minutes of play.
Qatar 2022: What Happens If Argentina Loses To Croatia?
We already know that Croatia can go the distance and reach the ultimate stage. We also know they can beat the Albiceleste, as they humiliated them with a 0-3 win the last time they faced off.
So, what happens if Argentina loses to Croatia again? Simply put, they’d be eliminated from the FIFA World Cup and would be forced to play in the game no one wants to take part of: The match for the bronze medal.
Croatia, on the other hand, would then advance to the final for the second consecutive edition. In that stage, they’d face the winner of the second semifinal played between Morocco and France.