A Messi end for Argentina

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Jun 2018 12:54:04



80th minute goal from Croatian Luka Modric saw former champions and runners-up of 2014 edition Argentina on the brink of World Cup exit with a stunning 3-0 defeat on Thursday night. The win took Croatia to the last 16 for the first time since 1998. For Argentina it was their biggest defeat from league stage since 1958. After playing barren first half, Croatia got lucky in taking the lead. Caballero failed to clear Mercado’s back pass and Croatian Ante Rebic scored off a volley. Despite having maximum possession of the ball in the second half, Jorge Sampaoli’s men were deniedbyCroatia’s tightdefence. It was all but over in the 80th minute when the Real Madrid man Modric received a square ball from Marcelo Brozovic on the right, who launched a beautifulright-footereffortthatcurled around Tagliafico and nestled in at the right post. Croatia scored the third in the stoppagetimetomakeittheirbest night of the tournament. Argentina defence was in tatters and Ivan Rakitic completed the formalities to help his side register one of the biggest win over Argentina.