Argentina on the brink of early World Cup elimination after defeat by Croatia

Argentina sit on the brink of an unthinkable early exit from the World Cup after a Willy Caballero howler set Croatia on their way to a remarkable 3-0 victory over the two-time winners.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had tinkered with the team and formation which could only manage a draw against Iceland in its opening group game, but it brought the South American side little joy on Thursday in a match they were clearly second best in.

Despite both sides missing gilt-edged chances to take the lead, it wasn't until Caballero's wayward clearance gifted Ante Rebic a volley, which the forward took expertly, that the deadlock was broken in the second half.
Argentina pressed forward in search of an equalizer but a moment of magic from Luka Modric put the game beyond their reach.
The Real Madrid star twisted and turned on the edge of the area and created himself a yard of space, before unleashing an unstoppable, low drive into the bottom corner.
Ivan Rakitić then piled on the humiliation for Argentina with a third goal in stoppage time.


"Let's not be euphoric or get ahead of ourselves," Real Madrid midfielder Modric told reporters after the match. "Of course this win will boost our confidence for the next game, and we have shown we can create opportunities, but let's keep our feet firmly on the ground.
"Our team effort throughout (was the key) and particularly in the second half when we had more possession.
"In the first half when Argentina had the ball we cut off Messi and stopped him getting the ball. We created three clear chances which we missed. But in the second half it opened up and we deserved to win."
Argentina on the brink of early World Cup elimination after defeat by Croatia Argentina on the brink of early World Cup elimination after defeat by Croatia Reviewed by OnePiece Times on 1:15 PM Rating: 5

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