Argentina faced a real threat in the fifth minute. Ivan Perisic accelerated on the left side and pierced the penalty box that ended with a horizontal kick, though can be driven Willy Caballero.
Argentina’s streak. Lionel Messi failed to reach the ball feedback hull in front of goal Croatia. Afterwards, Max Meza’s kick was blocked.
Argentina out of the Croatian pressure. Albiceleste almost created an advantage in the 21st minute after Marcos Acuna’s cross hit the Croatian crossbar.
Less than 10 minutes later, Argentina wasted a golden opportunity. From the chaos in front of goal Croatia, the ball fell on the path Enzo Perez continued with horizontal kick, but still off the mark.
After the half-hour game, Mario Mandzukic threw away the opportunity to score the opening goal for Croatia. A mature Sime Vrsaljko cross from the right side meets Mandzukic at the near post. However, Mandzukic failed to direct his header so it only became a goal kick.
Just before halftime, Croatia again wasted chances. Luka Modric sends an unbeatable cross to Ante Rebic. However, Rebic made a bad first touch so that the solution was soaring.
The first half ended. Argentina vs Croatia scores are still 0-0.
Composition of Players
ARGENTINA: Caballero, Otamendi, Taglifico, Mercado, Enzo Perez, Mascherano, Acuna, Salvio, Aguero, Meza, Messi
CROATIA: Subasic, Vida, Lovren, Strinic, Vrsaljko, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Perisic, Rebic