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Croatia delivers Argentina and Messi hefty hangover

Croatia has Thursday night at the football world cup in Russia after a 3-0 victory against Argentina assured of a place in the eighth finals. For the runner up at the worlds and star player Lionel Messi threatens surprisingly, the elimination in the group stage.

Croatian players celebrate their victory against the Argentine team. © REUTERS

Ante Rebic scored in the 53rd minute the openingsgoal in Nizhny Novgorod, after a blunder of the Argentine goalkeeper Caballero. Luka Modric doubled with a clever shot in the 80th minute, the Croatian lead. In the added time explained Ivan Rakitic the 3-0 final score.

Croatia is 6 on 6 posted for the eighth-finals. Argentina has only a 1 in 6 and flirt with the power off. Tomorrow/Friday are Nigeria and Iceland face each other in the other match of group D. Iceland held in his first duel Argentina in check (1-1), while Nigeria with 0-2 lost to Croatia.

On the slotspeeldag next Tuesday (26 June) Nigeria/Argentina and Iceland/Croatia on the program. The Argentines have their fate no longer in own hands.

After the disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland performed the Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli three changes to his team. Lucas Biglia, Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo missing from the basis for Gabriel Mercado, Marcus Acuna and Enzo Perez. Juventus stars Dybala and Higuain were again on the bank start.

Croatia changed coach Zlatko Dalic his team compared to the 2-0 victory against Nigeria in one place. Andrej Kramaric disappeared from the team for Marcelo Brozovic.

Argentina demanded from the kick-off possession of the ball, but succeeded in spite of much good will has not really played out opportunities. Croatia was very pressing, and kept the ranks closed. Only after a half hour found the Argentines a good opening, but Perez had the 1-0 are unfamiliar next to the empty goal to kick. Croatia responded almost immediately through Mandzukic, who is clever on the second pole-comers but, in addition to headlined. So it remained 0-0.

Eight minutes after the break, it was still a goal, although after geblunder of the Argentine goalie Caballero. That gave the uitvoetballen the leather just to Rebic, after which the Croat of Fiorentina with a beautiful volley finish.

Argentina had, in the eyes of Maradona, now full to the bin. Higuain came Agüero replaced and also Salvio cleaned the place for Pavon. But instead of the equalizer, fell to the goal again on the other side. Luka Modric made it with a beautiful shot 2-0. Ivan Rakitic put in the slotminuten the unlikely 3-0 final score.

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