Argentina collapses, suffers 3:0 defeat by Croatia

Modric celebrates goal against Argentina

Croatia has stunned Argentina 3-0 to advance to the group stage of the World Cup leaving Lionel Messi and his teammates needing help to stay alive.

The humiliating loss for one of soccer’s most storied nations began to take shape when Argentina goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero mis-kicked a clearance that Croatia defender Ante Rebic drove into the net in the 53rd minute. 

Luka Modric scored the clincher on a long drive in the 80th and Ivan Rakitic added another in stoppage time.

Croatia has a perfect six points from two games. Argentina has one with one group match to play and no longer controls its own fate.

Nigeria from the same Group D, which had also suffered a 2:0 defeat by Croatia last Saturday, will face Iceland that drew 1:1 with Argentina in their opening match of the World Cup, tomorrow, Friday, June 22 as well as Argentina next week


Match Stats between Argentina and Croatia:

Possession
Argentina 58%:42% Croatia

Shots
Argentina 10:14  Croatia

Shots on Target
Argentina 3:5  Croatia

Corners
Argentina 5:2  Croatia

Fouls
Argentina16:22   Croatia


~Associated Press
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