In Group D match at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the two teams played goalless throughout the first half. Croatia broke the deadlock after taking advantage of a blunder of Willy Caballero.
Ante Rebic opened Croatia’s lead, which was then doubled Luka Modric. Ivan Rakitic completed the victory of Croatia in injury time, having previously had time to hit the Argentine crossbar from the dead ball situation.
This victory put Croatia at the top of Group D standings with a collection of six points from two matches. This troop made by Zlatko Dalic advanced to the knockout phase and will undergo the final qualifying match against Iceland.
For Argentina, this defeat puts them at the end of the horn after just collecting one point. On the other hand, Iceland, who has the same points, will melakoni action against Nigeria tonight (22/6).
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.
After the break, a fatal mistake was made by Caballero who led to a goal for Croatia in the 53rd minute. Operan Caballero to Gabriel Mercado can be cut Rebic to finish with volley kick. Croatia surpass Argentina 1-0.
Ten minutes later, Argentina missed a chance to equalize the score. Horizontal feedback Gonzalo Higuain forward Meza with a shot from close range, but can still be driven goalkeeper Daniel Subasic. Messi welcomed the ball rebound, but his shot blocked Ivan Rakitic.
A severe blow for Argentina. Croatia scored his second goal in the 80th minute to lead 2-0. From outside the penalty box, Modric fired an accurate curve that Caballero could not reach.
Croatia almost created the third goal in the last minute. Starting from a violation of Nicolas Otamendi, the referee awarded a free kick for Croatia. Rakitic forward as the executor, his shot slid rapidly hit the goalpost Caballero.
Argentina’s treatment terminated in injury time. Croatia created their third goal through Rakitic to change the score to 3-0. From the counterattack, Rakitic kicked by Caballero. Mateo Kovacic forward vomited ball to Rakitic to be thrown into an empty net.