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If two of the best national teams meet in a match, it’s bound to be a thrilling match. On the 11th of December the year the teams of 2020 Argentina as well as Croatia faced against each other in an exciting match with some impressive stats from both teams. In this piece, we’ll examine the statistics of both teams in the game. From shots per game to accuracy in passing and much more, read on to find out the complete story of the match, and who emerged winner at the final.
Argentina national team of football
The Argentina national football team is a representative of Argentina in the international soccer for men. The team is referred to as “La Albiceleste” (The White and Sky-Blue). They’ve been part of FIFA since 1923 and is a founder member of CONMEBOL. Argentina has been a winner of the two FIFA World Cups, in 1978 and 1986, as well as also finishing second in 1990, 1930 and in 2014. In 2007 it was the first time that a team has been able to be crowned the champions of their continent during South America.
Croatia the national team of football
The Croatia national football team is the representative of Croatia on the international stage of football. The team is governed by the Croatian Football Federation, the soccer governing body in Croatia. The team plays match at Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
The Croatia national team has been representing Croatia internationally since the year 1990. The team currently ranks at 11th place in the FIFA World Rankings.
Croatia has been a participant to the three FIFA World Cups, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League. The most impressive result was during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where Croatia finished third. Croatian team came in third place.
Since joining FIFA since 1992 Croatia is playing 76 games and have won 41 matches (54 percent) while drawing 19 times and 16 loss.
The Argentina national team of football has played Croatia national teams eight times. Argentina is the winner in four times in those matches, while Croatia is able to win three. One match was the draw.
Their most recent encounter on the 21st June 2014 Argentina defeated Croatia by a score of 2-1 during the first round in the FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain scored for Argentina and Mario Mandzukic scored for Croatia.
In total, Argentina has scored 16 goals against Croatia and Croatia has scored 11 goals.
Head to head
At the 2013 FIFA World Cup, Argentina played Croatia during the first round of group play. Lionel Messi led Argentina to an 3-0 victory by scoring a hat trick, becoming the only player in history to get the hat-trick during the World Cup finals match since 1986.
It was an impressive performance by Argentina which had more possession and had more shots at the goal. Messi was the main star of the show, however the team he played with was supportive of his teammates. Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain both had excellent games for Argentina.
For Croatia this was a disappointing game. They were unable to make their chances and were unable to come up with concepts at times. Ivan Rakitic was their best player However, even he was unable to not stop Croatia from suffering crushing loss.
Argentina and Croatia will square against each other in a friendly match on the 9th of November, Thursday. Argentina are currently ranked as 11th according to the FIFA world rankings. Croatia is ranked 18th.
It will be the first time both teams following their group stage clash in the 2014 World Cup, where Argentina beat Brazil 3-2.
As of the current form, Argentina have won four and have lost one of their previous five games. The only loss they suffered was at the hands of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in an friendly. Croatia however, on the other hand have won three times and have lost two of their previous five games.
For head-to head matches, Argentina have won six and lost three times in their nine matches against Croatia. But, all three of the losses came in friendly games.
With both teams quite close in world rankings , and also that they haven’t played from 2014 onwards, it’s tough to decide which side is the favourite in this match. With Argentina’s superior head-to-head record , and their current form, they’ll likely be the favourites to start the match.