Qatar 2022: Why is Marcos Acuña not playing for Argentina vs. Croatia?

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Even though he was a starter in every single matchup, Argentina defender Marcos Acuña is nowhere to be found in the pitch vs. Croatia.

FC Sevilla star Marcos Acuña has become an integral part of Lionel Scaloni’s starting eleven. The 31-year-old has started every game for Argentina in the current edition of the FIFA World Cup.

That’s why it was such a big surprise to find that Marcos ‘Huevo’ Acuña was nowhere to be found on the pitch during their must-win semi-final match against Luka Modric and the Croatian national team.

Instead, Scaloni has had to lean towards starting Nicolás Tagliafico, another experienced and talented defender, but one who has been nowhere near Acuña in terms of minutes played lately. So why that?

Qatar 2022: Why Isn’t Marcos Acuña Playing For Argentina?

Well, Marcos Acuña was one of the many victims of Matheu Lahoz’s refereeing. He saw his second yellow card of the tournament, meaning he’s not eligible to suit up and play in this must-win contest.

Should Argentina advance to the tournament’s final, then Acuña would be eligible to be back on the pitch and join his teammates in the starting XI. He could also play in a hypothetical match for the bronze medal.

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