Dark Horse Croatia humiliated Lionel Messi’s Argentina making out to the knockout
Croatia has the potential and no one can deny it. it was only a matter of time to click their golden generation together and FIFA World Cup 2018 seems to be the fitting point. Dark Horses humiliated Lionel Messi’s Argentina to make out to the knockouts from Group D.
It was a pale first-half from both teams, but in second-half Willy Caballero’s silly mistake handed the lead to Croatia and dynamics change from there. Ante Rebic scored a brilliant volley from Caballero’s scrappy pass and the rest was done by their star midfield duo Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
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Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic suffered the most knock in the middle being the best midfielders in the world but they made La Albiceleste pay for that as well. Modric come with a 30 yard stunner to doube Croatia lead and Rakitic made it 3-0 in injury-time after some good work down the left flank from Mateo Kovacic.
It was a day Messi would like to erase from his memory. This defeat will hurt him more than the three finals he lose wearing the Argentina shirt. It was a complete humiliation to Argentina and somewhat Messi himself is to blame for this defeat as well.
Barcelona star player didn’t turn up as expected. He has been criticized before for making less effort as he runs lesser than any outfield player. But when he is with Barcelona it really doesn’t matter, but Argentina is not Barcleona.
It’s a different dimension. If you’re not running, you’re helping the team when your team have the possession. Messi wasn’t eager to make forward runs when Marcos Acuna has the ball on left wing to reach into the penalty area. He didn’t make run to pounce on any loose ball.
It’s difficult to tell, either Messi was hiding or his teammates were finding it difficult to pass the ball to him, but simply Messi wasn’t much involved in the game.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli looked out of ideas at the touchline. His tactics to play Messi on right wing didn’t work because Argentina didn’t have players to make those critical passes to find him. At Iceland, he didn’t score but at least he had 11 shots. Today, he was a complete waste in Argentina shirt.
We didn’t see any clear cut chance for Argentina in the match and Messi didn’t even have a shot on goal. The only good chance for Argentina came in for Sergio Aguero, but he was well tackled.
Last time Argentina was knocked out of group stage was 2002. It seems likely that this summer, La Albicelsete will be heading home early. Their further participation in the World Cup will depend on Iceland vs Nigeria game tomorrow and securing a win in their last group game against Nigeria.