How to watch Argentina vs Croatia World Cup semi-final live stream for free online

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Argentina vs Croatia live stream, date, time, channels

The Argentina vs Croatia live stream takes place today (Tuesday, Dec. 13).
Time 7 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. AEDT (Dec. 11)
• U.S. — Watch on FOX via Sling (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on ITV and ITV Hub (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Argentina are just one game away from the World Cup final. But before Lionel Messi can start dreaming about lifting the famous trophy, Argentina will need to overcome Croatia which will be no easy task. 

Croatia eliminated pre-tournament favorites Brazil in the quarter-finals and will feel confident of their ability to dispose of another giant of international football. But Argentina will surely have the support of many neutral viewers as Messi winning the World Cup really would be the perfect cap on a truly remarkable career. Anything can happen in soccer, but this tie looks destined to be extremely closely fought, don’t be surprised if it's resolved on penalties. 

You’ll need to watch an Argentina vs Croatia live stream to find out how this one plays outs. And the good news is that it’s easy to find one as the match is being broadcast in both the U.S. and U.K., and we’ll show you how to watch from anywhere in the world down below. 

Plus, make sure you don’t miss a moment of the World Cup by checking out our full how to watch World Cup 2022 live streams hub. 

How to watch Argentina vs Croatia anywhere

The Argentina vs Croatia live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world. But what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

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1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sling or another service and watch the game.

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Argentina vs Croatia live streams by country

How to watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream on FOX and the FOX website (opens in new tab) with a valid login, if your local FOX affiliate is showing the match. FOX is included with all cable packages or with one of our best TV antenna picks. 

Another option would be Sling TV (opens in new tab): the Sling Blue package costs just $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including FOX (provided you're in an area with a local Fox affiliate). Best of all, right now Sling is offering half off the first month (opens in new tab), allowing you to watch the entire World Cup for just $20. 

Or you could go for Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). Its Pro Plan costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including FOX (provided you have a local affiliate), plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy. 

Spanish language coverage is available via Telemundo or Peacock (opens in new tab). The first 12 games will be available to watch on a free account, but if you want to watch the full tournament you'll need a Peacock Premium subscription ($9.99/month). 

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Sling TV (opens in new tab)

Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $40 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC, NBCSN and USA. Plus, World Cup fans can stream the entire tournament on FS1 and FOX.

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If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got FOX and FS1, a a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front, and dozens of additional sports channels, including NBCSN and ESPN. 

How to watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream on TSN (opens in new tab), the home of World Cup 2022 in Canada. 

If you've cut the cord, you can sign up for TSN Direct (opens in new tab) for $19.99 per month or you can take an annual pass which works out at $16.66 per month. Plus, the service is open to all: you don't need to have TSN as part of an existing TV package.

If you live in Canada and already subscribe to TSN, but aren't at home right now, you can still watch a Argentina vs Croatia live stream by using a quality VPN like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream in the UK

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In the U.K., the Argentina vs Croatia live stream will be available to watch for free on ITV, or you can stream online via ITV Hub (opens in new tab). You will need a valid U.K. TV license in order to watch the game on TV or via online streaming. 

If you're not currently in the U.K. and have a valid TV license, you can still watch a Argentina vs Croatia live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream in Australia

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Aussie soccer fans can watch the World Cup 2022 for free on SBS, including the Argentina vs Croatia live stream. The free-to-air network is available on traditional TV or online by using SBS On-Demand (opens in new tab).

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on SBS as if you were back home. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is out top pick of the options out there.   

How to watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the Argentina vs Croatia live stream via Sky Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $60.98 NZD per month, or you could go for the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week, $39.99/month or $399/year. 

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game of the World Cup 2022 by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Argentina vs Croatia preview

Argentina’s run to the World Cup semi-final hasn’t been the most convincing. After an opening-game loss to Saudi Arabia, La Albiceleste topped Group C thanks to wins over Mexico and Poland but victory over Australia in the round of 16 was nervier than it needed to be. Similarly, Argentina’s quarter-final win over the Netherlands came on penalties after the side threw away a two-goal lead and conceded a last-gasp equalizer which forced the game into extra time. 

Perhaps Argentina’s advancement through the tournament hasn’t been particularly smooth but they have arrived in the semi-final all the same. Losing finalists in 2014, Argentina are desperate to go a step further this year and win the nation’s first World Cup since 1986. And a win would be a near-perfect cap on the international career of Lionel Messi. Arguably the greatest player to ever play the beautiful game, the World Cup is the one trophy that has always eluded Messi and many neutral viewers would love to see the little magician add the accolade to his vast collection of professional honors.  

However, this semi-final match against Croatia will be anything but a formality. Croatia reached the World Cup final in 2018 and could be set to repeat that achievement in consecutive tournaments. After finishing second in Group F behind Morocco, Croatia have overcome Japan and Brazil on penalties. The side definitely lacks raw firepower but has one of the best midfields in the world anchored by the imperious Luka Modrić.

This is expected to be a close game that could go the distance. Both these teams advanced to this stage via a penalty shootout, and it would not be a surprise to see the winner of this game also being determined via spot-kicks. This could be Messi’s swansong at the World Cup, so you definitely won’t want to miss an Argentina vs Croatia live stream.  

Argentina vs Croatia team news

Argentina are without Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuña who are both suspended after picking up too many booking. But Rodrigo De Paul is once again fit to start after some injury issues at the tournament, meanwhile Ángel Di María has also struggled for fitness and must settles for a place on the bench. There are two changes from the side that overcame the Netherlands: Lisandro Martinez and Acuña are replaced by Leandro Paredes and Nicolás Tagliafico. Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi captains the side. 

Croatia have been one of the most fortunate sides at the World Cup 2022 and have experienced minimal injury problems to date. That remains true going into the semi-finals, and it's little surprise to see an unchanged starting XI named. Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović and Mateo Kovačić all start in the midfield, while Tottenham's Ivan Perišić plays in a forward position. Bruno Petković scored in extra time against Brazil but starts on the bench against Argentina. 

Here's how they line up: 

Argentina: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Alvarez, Messi.

Croatia: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Perisic, Kramaric.

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