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A date with destiny for Romero and Argentina?
In what now looks like the last chance saloon, Argentina will be desperate to provide Lionel Messi with the first World Cup of his career.
Having made the final in 2014, they came bitterly close to going all the way, likely desperate to take the final step that previously evaded them in Brazil.
The South Americans were 36 games unbeaten coming into Qatar. However, in what remains one of the shocks of the tournament, an opening-day defeat to Saudi Arabia saw Messi and company start the campaign on the back foot.
Lionel Scaloni’s side quickly bounced back, beating Poland and Mexico to top Group C before edging past Australia, Netherlands, and Croatia to book their place in Sunday’s final.
As many champions do, Argentina has grown into the tournament, looking more impressive with every passing game. Like France, their two standout performers have come in the form of forwards, with Julian Alvarez and Messi netting four and five goals apiece.
Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez has also impressed as one of the tournament’s breakout stars, whilst goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has played his part in Argentina’s run to the final with his penalty shootout heroics.
There’s no question that for Romero and Argentina, the desire to see Messi crowned a world champion has been their driving force en route to the final, with the PSG man already providing several moments of magic this tournament.
Compared to France and even rivals Brazil, Argentina was an outside bet pre-tournament, but with just one game to go, the stars look to be aligning for the South Americans to claim their first World Cup in over 40 years.