Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Croatia pulls off shocking upset against Argentina

Croatia pulls off shocking upset against Argentina

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli again defended star player Lionel Messi today and said his side's World Cup match against Croatia was effectively a must-win.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi is looking to kickstart his World Cup against Croatia.

Croatia, who lead Group D after beating Nigeria in their opening game, looked increasingly composed but also faltered in front of goal, including a mis-directed header by Mario Mandzukic on the half-hour.

Croatia clinches a place in the Round of 16 with the victory, but Argentina must beat Nigeria by a large margin in its next game to survive the so-called "Group of Death".

Argentina have a wealth of attacking talent but they are over reliant on Messi.

From one of the favourites to a laughing stock in the space of 180 minutes.

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Don't miss a moment of the World Cup! He's the country's top-scorer ever, with 64 goals in 124 games, and was the main reason they reached three finals in the last four years.

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At the time of writing, Messi and Argentina's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as they face a talented Croatia team in the second round of group play.

Australia's equalizer in the 38th minute came 31 minutes after Denmark opened the scoring with a gorgeous goal by Christian Eriksen.

"Argentina were ridiculed by Croatia and has jeopardised its future in the competition", La Nacion added. Without him, they wouldn't have got anywhere near the World Cup.

"Messi can't be the only guilty one".

He has enjoyed a glittering club career, winning World Player of the Year five times with a string of La Liga and Champions League titles. He clarified that by saying it would not be an "easy opponent" but it would be a "pressure-free match".

"I think Cristiano is a great player". We have to concentrate on the remaining 22 players.

Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.

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