While Croatia, runners-up in the 2018 tournament, had lost just one of their last 12 World Cup matches. It was Messi's fifth goal of the tournament (and his third assist), moving him just ahead of France's Kylian Mbappé (five goals and two assists) for the tournament lead in the Golden Boot competition. Messi is set to break another record in the finals. This was his 25th World Cup match and he joins Lothar Matthäus for all-time FIFA appearances. Argentina will play the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between France and Morocco on Sunday. Croatia's World Cup tournament is not done yet. It will play in the third place match on Saturday against the loser of tomorrow's semifinal. Remembering the fallen journalists Amid the excitement of the match, the return to Lusail Stadium has been bittersweet for the journalists.