Argentina will always run through Lionel Messi Argentina is a bit unfair to Lionel Messi, in that the entire team is built around him, and despite a middling squad surrounding him, he is praised or blamed no matter what happens. He reversed the decision a month later but now, three days before he turns 31, you feel this really was the last big chance he had of propelling his side to victory on the biggest stage of all. And against Iceland, the Argentines had 27 shots but could only beat Hannes Halldorsson once. Croatia have now qualified to the Round of 16 with six points while Iceland and Argentina are placed second with a point each. However, a glimpse of magic from Croatia captain Luka Modric in the 80th minute sealed the deal for his team with a stunning strike from outside of the box.
Willy Caballero messes up a simple back pass as he chips the ball back to Rebic, who takes his time and buries the ball into the top right corner of the Argentinian post with a magnificent volley. Normally they're even more brutal with their ratings. Argentina vs Croatia Stats Croatia have not beaten South American opposition since a 3-2 win against Argentina back in 2006 If Croatia win, they will be through to the second-round for the first time since finishing third on their debut in 1998 Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last four Argentina appearances Lionel Messi has scored in his last two appearances against Croatia — his goal in March 2006 was his first for the senior Argentina team. It's not too shoddy an effort either; Croatia's defence is still somewhat loose around the box. After their 3-0 loss to Croatia, the performance solidified that the team was without direction, had a lousy game plan, and have been in crisis for far too long. Full-time at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, it finishes Argentina 0-3 Croatia.
As Argentina chased an equaliser, Modric received the ball from Marcelo Brozovic 20 yards from goal and took two touches before curling a sensational right-footer beyond Caballero. After all that, they scored when we least expected them to, that was a big blow. The game got a bit chippy toward the end of the first half, but looked pretty square. With their second loss, Peru is now mathematically out of the running. Croatia did not let go off the ball after the break as they kept building pressure on their opposition with multiple attacks. Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric.
Croatia to win the World Cup 2018!! Much is made of their midfield orchestrators, but at least one of the front line needs to step up if Croatia are going to go deep into this tournament. After an exciting tie between with Iceland, Argentina will be looking for a shot to move up in its group standings. Fantastic stuff from Croatia; they are in full flow now. Messi alone had 11 shots on goal — the second-highest tally in World Cup history without scoring. We have not performed at the level the country expects.
Luka Modric then converted from the spot, after Mandzukic was fouled, to ensure Croatia team topped Group D after the first round of fixtures. There were few signs to suggest Croatia would end up winning as convincingly as they did as Argentina enjoyed the majority of possession and almost scored a freakish opener when Meza hit the top of the bar with a cross. Anything less could prove crucial in the long run. It has become more pronounced and painful over the past four years, during which Argentina lost three major finals with Messi as captain. Croatia spear the rebound wide and away for a goal-kick. Mbappe got the lone French goal in the 34th minute. Australia has the sole lead, for now.
From the corner down the other end of the field, Rakitic, Kovacic and Mandzukic break down the middle of the park with a leisurely pace. Argentina were not confused; we were excellent. If Denmark wins the head-to-head match next week, they can still win the group. I am just as dreamy-eyed as any fan and I am very hurt. Modric starred to lead his nation to a 3-0 win over Argentina at the World Cup Thursday. Can they offer a roaring riposte today in Nizhny Novgorod? Luka Modric celebrates Croatia's second goal against Argentina Croatia are through to the last 16 of the World Cup after a stunning 3-0 victory in Nizhny Novgorod which leaves Argentina in serious danger of exiting at the group stage. He looks the most likely man to capitalise on the chances created by the playmakers.
The bracket contains all teams within all eight groups and how they place into the round of 16 in the knockout stage. France is by no means the clear group winner yet either. They kicked feet and shins and knees and thighs and ankles. Other than that, there was a ton of people kicking each other. We worked to give him the ball but the opponent also worked hard to prevent him from getting the ball. A bit of a scuffle erupts between both sets of players, resolved with a free-kick 25 yards out for Croatia and a booking for Otamendi. Croatia wheel away in wild celebration; halfway up the field, Lionel Messi stares with misery at the turf.
Mario Mandzukic striker — More goals than any other striker in the current with 30 from 84 games — only 1998 Golden Boot winner Davor Suker has scored more for Croatia. Argentina make another change now too; Salvio makes way for Cristian Pavon. There is a high possibility that he won't be involved in the match against Nigeria. The result means Croatia have a maximum six points and are in pole position to top the group, while Argentina and the near-anonymous Lionel Messi are left to hope results go their way if they are to survive in this tournament. Croatia came out the more composed side early, and weathered a few Argentina attacks that looked dangerous. They're looking like they might, given the fragility of the Argentina back-line.