Juranovic starts for Croatia in World Cup semi-final against Argentina

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi equals a tournament record in the semi final.

Juranovic starts for Croatia in World Cup semi-final against Argentina as Messi equals record Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Staff via Getty Images

Josip Juranovic starts for Croatia against Argentina in the World Cup semi-final being shown live on STV on Tuesday.

The Celtic star has been named at right-back for the 2018 finalists as they take on Lionel Messi and co in Qatar.

Rangers left-back Borna Barisic is on the bench for Croatia as they look to reach their second final in a row following their quarter-final win over Brazil.

France and Morocco meet in the second semi-final on Wednesday with the final being held at the weekend.

Lionel Messi, chasing glory at what is likely to be his last World Cup, is making a record-equalling 25th appearance in the competition in Tuesday’s contest at the Lusail Stadium, matching former Germany player Lothar Matthaus.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni said of the 35-year-old skipper: “He’s always been a winner. He’s so eager, willing to keep playing football so we’re very happy about this.

“We will keep enjoying him. That’s the most (important) thing we can do – that’s for us and the world of football.”

Left-back Nicolas Tagliafico said: “He’s our captain, our leader. He’s the one pushing us, motivating us. He’s the one who has that special advantage.”

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