16 December 2022

Equaling the record with his compatriot

During the ongoing World Cup 2022 records continues to fall.
- The double scorer between Argentina - Croatia this Tuesday Julian Alvarez became the second youngest footballer who have scored more than one goal in semi final games with 22 years and 316 days. Legendary striker Edson Arantes do Nascimento had 17 years and 244 days is still number one with his hat trick when his Brazilian team beat France 5:2 at the 1958 event.
- Diego Maradona was the only South American player who have rolled the ball twice behind the net against Belgium in the World Cup 1986 of the last four. Thirty six years later his countryman Julian Alvarez has done the same job at the semi finals.
- Lothar Matthaus and Lionel Messi are both equal in terms of players with most appearances at these tournaments at the number of 25. However, there is one more match ahead for the Argentinian, thus the last L and M will certainly break this record on Sunday.
- For the fourth time two teams are going to meet each other twice in these competitions. Morocco and Croatia played their first duel in the group phase, while these two are going to repeat fighting for the bronze medal place this Saturday.


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