WATCH: Lionel Messi gives Argentina lead against Croatia in World Cup semi-final with record-breaking penalty
- Julian Alvarez won penalty
- Messi converted in 34th minute
- Broke Gabriel Batistuta's scoring record
WHAT HAPPENED? The record-breaking strike from the spot came moments after Messi had been grabbing his leg in apparent pain. It was his 11th career World Cup goal.
There was no stopping this penalty kick by Messi 🎯🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/TrGy8v1wYJ— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 13, 2022
Argentina have one foot in the final... and it's that man again!! 🤩🇦🇷— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 13, 2022
Lionel Messi overtakes Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's top scorer at World Cup finals with 11 goals! 🙌#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/C8haTlVGb1
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Messi's goal started a stretch of play that put Croatia on the ropes. Alvarez scored Argentina's second in the 39th minute, and the country probably could have had more before the break given their dangerous play going forward.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR ARGENTINA? If they hold on to defeat Croatia, they would meet either France or Morocco in the World Cup final.