Argentina are just one game away from making the World Cup final, but first they’ll have to take down Croatia. Check out here why Gonzalo Montiel is not playing at the Qatar 2022 semifinals.
Argentina suffered a huge blow at Qatar 2022 when they lost to Saudi Arabia in their debut. However, Lionel Messi and co have bounced back and are now just one game away from the FIFA World Cup final.
La Albiceleste stormed into the final four in dramatic fashion, beating the Netherlands on penalties after blowing a two-goal lead in regulation time. Meanwhile, Croatia also beat Brazil in a penalty shootout.
Lionel Scaloni made changes to the starting eleven, Leandro Paredes returned to the lineup for the first time since the match against Saudi Arabia. However, many are wondering why Gonzalo Montiel will not be playing.
Why is Gonzalo Montiel not playing for Argentina against Croatia
Gonzalo Montiel was ruled out for Argentina’s semifinal against Croatia due to accumulation of yellow cards. The Sevilla right-back was booked for the second time in the quarterfinals, which is why he received a one-match ban.
Fortunately, the yellow cards reset in the semifinals, so no player will miss the 7th game due to yellow card accumulation. But this time, Montiel and Marcos Acuña will have to watch the semis on the sidelines.