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Starting XI: Argentina Vs Croatia

Starting XI: Argentina Vs Croatia

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 21, 2018 06:55 PM @KurtLaduma

Under-pressure Lionel Messi and Argentina will take on Croatia in a must-win game in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday night. Here is how the teams will line up!

Click through the gallery above to see Argentina's star-studded starting XI.

FIFA World Cup, Group D

Teams: Argentina vs Croatia

Date: 21 June 2018

Time: 20:00

Venue: Nizhny Novgorad Stadium

Albiceleste manager Jorge Sampaoli has made a few changes to the line-up that played against Iceland in their opening game of the tournament, with defender Gabriel Mercado in from the start.

A win for Argentina is vital considering their 1-1 draw with Iceland, during which superstar and captain Lionel Messi missed a penalty that could have won his country the game.

Sampaoli's men do go into the match on a five-match unbeaten streak in World Cup games, but their European opponents are on the exact same run.

Croatia looked dominant against Nigeria in their win this past Saturday, with the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic showing their international experience.

The last time these two teams met was in a friendly four years ago, a match that Argentina won 2-1. Messi was on the scoresheet that day, and also struck against the Croats in 2006.

The Albiceleste will take inspiration from Croatia's 2-0 loss to Brazil in a warm-up match prior of the tournament, while they were also beaten by Peru in March.

Croatia is currently ranked 20th in the FIFA rankings, while Argentina is fifth, but at competitions such as the World Cup, games are rarely straightforward.

The South Americans will need three points to give them their best chance of qualifying from the group, while three points for Croatia might guarantee them a spot in the round of 16.

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Here is how the teams will line up:

Argentina: Caballero; Otamendi, Mercado, Tagliafico; Salvio, Enzo Pérez, Mascherano, Acuña; Meza, Agüero, Messi. 

Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic; Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic.

Do you think Croatia have what it takes to beat Argentina? Let us know in the comments section below. 

 


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dddagam Joined: 16 Jun 2018
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dddagam Jun 21, 2018 08:50 PM
Is messi a one man team(barca) or his just having an off day at the office
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dddagam Jun 21, 2018 08:14 PM
Messi and Aguero will with this for argentina
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alizebucs1986 Jun 21, 2018 08:12 PM
A Cow is ready to eat Russian Grass again tonight
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downzzz Jun 21, 2018 08:10 PM
Shame messi is so under presure wsh argentina can win although it cnt b easy cz croatia is the best team
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dddagam Jun 21, 2018 08:03 PM
All we want to see is the messi show
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Maj Jun 21, 2018 08:01 PM
Mxm this stupid coach
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Baba Luvuno Jun 21, 2018 07:47 PM
Kkkkk chase him if u can
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Baba Luvuno Jun 21, 2018 07:46 PM
My king CR7 did it yesterday chair him if u can messi
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Jun 21, 2018 07:44 PM
Messi under pressure.# CR7 !
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juju banned lwandle hater Jun 21, 2018 07:35 PM
@wash n wear I like your prediction khosi.Argentina is going down with their short guy
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Soni_JX Jun 21, 2018 07:30 PM
There are no push overs in this tonarment.....Croatia is not just adding numbers here. Argentina and Messi need to dig deeper and deep from this one to come out with something. Modric and Rakitic are no push overs.
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Dr-barnes Jun 21, 2018 07:29 PM
Another draw 4 Argentina
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Vamza Jun 21, 2018 07:29 PM
Am behind Croatia
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mainama Jun 21, 2018 07:22 PM
I hope Messi has learned one or two things from Ronaldo
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Bucsfever16 Jun 21, 2018 07:16 PM
It's Now or Never for king Messi and Argentina
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wash & wear Jun 21, 2018 07:04 PM
my whole salary of R500 per annum goes to croatia......croatia 4-1 Argentina

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