Argentina — Croatia — 0:3
Argentinaand: Caballero, Mercado, Talarico, Otamendi, Salvio (Pavone, 56), acuña, Mesa, Mascherano, Perez (Dibala, 68), Messi, Aguero (Higuain, 53).
CroatiaI: subašić, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida, Perisic (Kovacic, 82), Modric, Brozović, Rakitic, Rebić (Kramaric, 57) has an effort on goal.
Goals: Rebić (53), Modric (80), Rakitic (90+1).
— Lionel no sense of responsibility? Uhthat’s not true. If only everyone saw Leo’s the way we see it: he suffers and cries because of this. Criticism hurts him and us, — admitted in an interview AS Celia, Cuccitini, mother forbade the Argentina national team of Lionel Messi after a not very successful start of the team for the 2018 world Cup.
The hope of the Argentine nation, and the team of Jorge Sampaoli, really good ribbing in the press after the national team has not won at the start of the debutants of the world Championships of Iceland (1:1), and the forward of “Barcelona” also missed a penalty. And all this against the background of the four goals in the tournament another world star Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the second round, the South Americans were opposed even more serious, at least for the selection of players, the opponent (although the Icelanders in the qualifying group ahead of Croatia and team Ukraine).
By the way, the 20th in the world rankings Croatia (Argentines — fifth) for Messi is a special team. It is the “cellular” in 2006, 19-year-old Lionel scored his first goal in the shirt of the Argentine national team. Eight years later, the rivals met again, and Messi again scored. Now Leo will definitely remember the Sight and company for life — a “gift” to the 31-year anniversary of the forward (June 24)!
But before the game who was present at the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, the legendary Diego Maradona even kissed the shirt of the Argentine team that says Messi. Say, come on Leo, forget it finally.
But in the first half goals, the fans have not seen. Although the wheelhouse on the field was such that already the sparks were flying! Just have more fight than football. One hit on two teams on goal in 45 minutes (Croats), 102 wound Argentines and Europeans kilometers and a total of 18 fouls. It is not surprising that FIFA has entrusted to work on this match, the champion of the world Championships referee from Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov (tenth match referee on the football forums fourth anniversary!). The other would be in the “chopper” could be confused.
As confused at the beginning of the second half, the experienced goalkeeper of Argentina national team and Chelsea, Willy Caballero, put the ball right on the foot of the opponent. Midfielder German “Eintracht” Ante Rebić volley sent a “gift” directly to a grid of gate — 0:1.
A furious Maradona did not find a place in the VIP box, and the head coach of the Argentines, threw away his jacket and had to go for broke. To help Messi he in turn brought on Gonzalo Higuain, Christian Pavone and Paulo Dibala. But the ex-Dynamo player domagoj Vida, a former player of “Dnepr” Ivan Strinić and their teammates stood by the wall, just not allowing the South American star to create real scoring chances.
Yes there is! In the 80th minute, the Croats scored for the second time (a cool shot from the penalty area has been the player of real Madrid Luka Modric), and in the 91st minute, Ivan Perisic and did put Argentina on its knees — 0:3. Croatia in the 1/8 finals!
If on Friday, 22 of June, Iceland will beat Nigeria, Messi and company will be very big problems with out of the group. And this with Argentina hasn’t happened since the 2002 world Cup.
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1. Croatia — 6 points;
2. Iceland — 1 (1);
3. Argentina — 1 (2);
4. Nigeria — 0 (1).
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