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News Article  | World Cup 2018

Messi's Argentina Facing Elimination, Croatia Advance

2018 World Cup Report: Argentina v Croatia 21 June 2018

By SL International - Jun 21, 2018 09:56 PM

2018 World Cup

Result Argentina 0-3 Croatia

Date: 21 June 2018

Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Argentina are facing elimination at the 2018 World Cup after they suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Croatia, who have progressed to the round of 16.

Click through the gallery to see the best images of the game.

Jorge Sampaoli once again decided to leave Paulo Dybala on the bench, although Angel Di Maria was also left out after his disappointing display against Iceland.

The Croatians got off to a lively start, with Ivan Perisic forcing Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero into a fine save after just four minutes.

Argentina, meanwhile, struggled to get their attacking game going as Croatia were enjoying most of the possession in the opening 20 minutes.

La Albiceleste should have gone ahead after 29 minutes when a mix-up in defence saw the ball fall to Enzo Perez 12-yards out, but the midfielder placed his effort wide of the goal with a gaping net.

Croatia squandered a glorious chance of their own three minutes later when Mario Mandzukic, un-marked, somehow headed wide from six-yards out.

That proved to be the final clear-cut opening of the half as the sides struggled to create openings for the remainder of the first half.

Ante Rebić broke the deadlock for Zlatko Dalic’s troops eight minutes after the break with a superb half-volley over goalkeeper Caballero, who gifted the forward the ball with a  terrible pass inside the box.

Lionel Messi had his first chance at goal for La Albiceleste in the 63rd minute with a low strike at the near post but his strike was blocked by Ivan Rakitic.

Sampaoli’s men lacked inspiration with a quarter of an hour left to play and were getting frustrated by the robust defence of the Vatreni, despite the introduction of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

Luka Modric threw a sucker punch at Argentina with a sensational strike from just outside the box 10 minutes before time to make it 2-0 for Croatia.

Rakitic almost made it 3-0 for Croatia with a free-kick five minutes before time but his effort struck the crossbar.

Rakitic was not to be denied in second-half stoppage time as he tapped home from close range to round off an impressive win for Croatia.

Croatia now move top of Group D with six points, while Argentina sit in third spot with one point from their opening two games.


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blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Jun 22, 2018 12:42 PM
The King and CR7 are headline grabbers.............but Luca Modric.........WHAT A PLAYER!!!
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Soni_JX Jun 22, 2018 11:51 AM
Where are the SECOND FIDDLE GROUPIES.......I miss their "protect messy at all cost" excuses. I see some few......but I need more excuses, please don't disappoint COWS.
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T T Larry Jun 22, 2018 09:31 AM
Lol as expected always Messy fans brings Ronaldo and the king is trying for his team I thought messi is unstoppable and even 9 defenders can't stop so what's this
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Mitch_Johnson Jun 22, 2018 09:18 AM
de is nothing dat makes me happy more dan seeing A team dat Messi is playing for struggling to win matches... and more over whn Messi is struggling to score goals ........ CROSSBONES
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roger-fetumba Jun 22, 2018 09:06 AM
Football can kill you
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Flash Mabuza Jun 22, 2018 09:05 AM
caballero doesn't deserve to wear any gloves ....isaka finish & klaar
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kingMzu84 Jun 22, 2018 09:05 AM
Just like manyisa messi doesn't hv leadership qualities
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KhothaKhosi Jun 22, 2018 09:04 AM
Argentina reminded us of Chiefs under Steve. You just cant say what is wrong, the performance is not there, no fighting spirit. Messi just walking around on the field, no service. I wonder what is going on behind the scenes.
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Faysal Jun 22, 2018 09:02 AM
Argentina and Messi were in the final in Brasil penaldo fans stop talking nonsense let us see if your penaldo can reach semifinals
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Mentashe Jun 22, 2018 08:54 AM
THEY ARE OUT
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Flash Mabuza Jun 22, 2018 08:49 AM
shem :(
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Vhivha Jun 22, 2018 08:44 AM
Messie always chokes in World Cup, and shines in La Liga. Currently Ronaldo is a top goal scorer and leading his team from the front. Therefore, the best World Striker is Ronaldo
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jun 22, 2018 08:19 AM
Kumnandi kakhulu eRussia,sizobona kuthi Germany i hamba kanjani, plse correct me maan Zulus kkkk
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Ms Momo Jun 22, 2018 08:16 AM
guys stop blaming de players only de coach played a big role in Agentina down fal y didn't he start with Dybala Agentina FA shuld hv fired him yesterday it's better 2 play without a coach dan having tsunami;terrorist in form of a coach
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jun 22, 2018 08:07 AM
@llumadi .. Kikkk!! Now i see wht he meant kkkk
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jun 22, 2018 08:06 AM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN ... Let's hope so coz my "Rats" will be breathing out fire next season
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llumadi Jun 22, 2018 08:02 AM
Soccer Will Kill you dead real death says Thobejane
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 22, 2018 08:01 AM
@mosekaphofu maggosim.......the deal is almost complete Baxter will bring back our glory days
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 22, 2018 07:58 AM
Messi ran like a headless chicken after the final whistle sies instead of motivating his fellow cows he ran away
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 22, 2018 07:57 AM
i Saw Maradona crying those tears will kill Maradona......Maradona will die the real death football will kill Maradona dead

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