FIVE PENALTIES IN SIX GAMES: Some fans, players think 2022 World Cup was planned to favour Argentina

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Lionel Messi scored the first goal against Croatia via a penalty kick that many saw as undeserved. PHOTO: Alamy

FIVE PENALTIES IN SIX GAMES: Some fans, players think 2022 World Cup was planned to favour Argentina

Many football players and fans believe the 2O22 World Cup has been planned to be won by Argentina.

‘Rigged’ is the top trend on Twitter after Argentina sealed a place in the 2022 World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday.

In the 34th minute, Argentina were awarded a penalty after Julian Alvarez was brought down by Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic. Lionel Messi stepped up and dispatched the spot kick in an empathic style.

Croatia never recovered after that penalty as Alvarez got himself on the score sheet in the 39th minute with a well-taken goal, Argentina were 2-0 up at half-time.

During the half-time interval, ITV pundits Gary Neville and Roy Keane both thought the decision was harsh.

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Neville said: “Not a penalty, not all, I didn’t think it was at the time.

“The keeper comes out, he stops himself as the shot is about to be taken and Alvarez runs into him and takes his leg away. What is he meant to do? That is not a penalty.”

Whilst Keane added: “I agree, I don’t think it was a penalty, where else was he meant to go?”

In the second period, the Manchester City striker sealed the match as he scored his second goal after a mesmerising run from Messi.

After the final whistle, many fans expressed their discontent over the decisions towards Argentina’s favour, with many claiming the World Cup is rigged for Messi to lift the trophy.

One fan said: “This has to be the most rigged world cup ever. Argentina has got 5 penalties.”

Another tweeted: “5 penalties in 6 games and I’m meant to believe this isn’t rigged.”

A third fan added: “The whole World Cup is rigged for Messi to win it. Funny that some people still don’t believe it.”
Someone else commented: “Rigged! That’s not a penalty!!!! So sick of every referee favouring Argentina / Messi in this tournament. Joke.”

Recall that Portugal players made the headlines after their defeat against Morocco on Saturday, as defender Pepe blasted FIFA’s decision to appoint a referee from Argentina for their match.

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Julian Alvarez was brought down by Dominik Livakovic. PHOTO: Alamy via SportBible

He said: “It’s unacceptable for an Argentine referee to referee our game. After what happened yesterday, with Messi talking, all of Argentina was talking and the referee comes here to blow the whistle.

“I can bet that Argentina will be champions.”

Whilst Bruno Fernandes said: “I don’t know if they’re going to give the trophy to Argentina. I don’t care, I’m going to say what I think and screw them. It’s very weird that a ref officiates us from a country still in the competition… clearly, they’ve tilted the field against us.”

Argentina will now prepare for a final against either France or Morocco, the second semi-final is due to take place Wednesday evening.

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