After Neymar, Croatia aims to end Messi’s World Cup dream

After Neymar, Croatia aims to end Messi’s World Cup dream

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Croatia has already ended Neymar’s World Cup dream. Now he hopes to do the same with Lionel Messi.

2018 runners-up Croatia are Argentina’s next hurdle to overcome in the semi-finals on Tuesday as Messi aims to win the only major trophy that has eluded him.

But Croatia, who lost to France in the final in Russia, have their own mission to go one step further this time.

“I think we shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. We should look at ourselves to play our best game,” defender Josip Juranovic said on Sunday. “I would say that the secret of our success is our union, our unity. The fact that we act and play as a family”.

Neymar was left in tears after Croatia beat Brazil 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 extra-time draw in their quarter-final match.

Messi has been in inspired form during Argentina’s run to the semi-finals, scoring four goals in five games. His assist for Nahuel Molina against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals was a moment of magic for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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