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Who is the referee for Argentina vs. Croatia semifinals match?

Here’s a look at the referee and crew for Argentina vs. Croatia.

Referee Daniele Orsato gestures during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Mexico at Lusail Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The 2022 World Cup opens the semifinals on Tuesday, December 13 when Argentina faces Croatia at Lusail Stadium. The match kicks off at 2 p.m. ET on FOX. The winner will advance to face the winner of Wednesday’s France-Morocco match on Sunday. The two losing teams will face off in the third-place match on Saturday.

Tuesday’s match will be officiated by an all-Italian crew with Daniele Orsato serving as the referee. The two assistants will be Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini. This will be Orsato’s third match of the tournament following a pair of group stage matches. He handled Ecuador’s 2-0 win over Qatar, which saw Ecuador booked for two yellow cards and Qatar for four. Qatar was also called for a penalty that Enner Valencia punched in for the second goal of the match. Orsato also officiated Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico. Argentina received one yellow card and Mexico received four.

Argentina is favored to win the match at DraftKings Sportsbook. They are installed at -115 in regular time and -245 overall to advance. Croatia is +370 in regular time and +195 overall.

Argentina won Group C and reached the semifinals of the knockout bracket with a Round of 16 win over Australia and a penalty kicks win over the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Croatia reached the knockout bracket with a second place finish in Group F. They beat Japan in the Round of 16 and Brazil in the quarterfinals, with both wins coming on penalty kicks.

Here’s a look at the full officiating crew ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal action (h/t Law 5 - The Referee):

  • Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
  • Fourth Official: Mohamed Mohammed (UAE)
  • Reserve Assistant Referee: Mohamed Alhammadi (UAE)
  • Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
  • Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
  • Offside Video Assistant Referee: Katryn Nesbitt (USA)
  • Support Video Assistant Referee: Juan Soto (VEN)
  • Standby Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Kyle Atkins (USA)