Winner 3-0 of Argentina, Croatia has validated its ticket to the 8th World Cup final. A Finalist in 2014, Argentina is close to taking the lead in the group phase in Russia!
The Croats scored by Rebic at 53rd, on a huge mistake by goaltender Caballero, then on a shot by Modric (80th) that lit up the night. Rakitic punctuated the demonstration in the game stops.
It took the incredible meatball of Caballero to finally unblock this game. The Croats have accepted the gift without any qualms. Their defensiveness, their strength in duels and the inspirations of Modric and Rakitic were enough to make Argentines bite the dust once again terribly disappointing, and which seem to be more an assemblage of individuality than a real team.
We were waiting for Messi. The Argentinean star of Barcelona went through this match like a ghost, never managing to get in a favourable position. Messi is missing his World Cup. The contrast with his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo is striking.
Argentina is going very badly, and its performances in Russia make better understand its difficulties to obtain its qualification. It will now take a small miracle not to return to the country prematurely.
Argentine: Caballero; Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Salvio (56e Pavon), Mascherano, Perez (68e Dybala), Acuña; Messi, Agüero (55e Higuain), Meza.
Croatie: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic; Rebic (57e Kramaric), Modric, Perisic (82e Kovacic); Mandzukic.
Nijni Novgorod: 43’319 spectateurs
Arbitre: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
1. CROATIE 2/6
2. Islande 1/1
3. Argentine 2/1
4. Nigeria 1/0