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Woeful Argentina on the brink after being pummelled by Croatia

first_img 5 5 In both cases, it seemed easier to score. Rebic gave the first-half a fitting finale by sending the ball deep into the stands after a glorious Modric pass.Caballero’s error was coming. Argentina, crippled with nerves at the back, failed to learn their lesson and the Chelsea man was made to pay.Attempting to scoop the ball over Rebic at the start of the second-half, Caballero instead teed him up. Take nothing away from the striker’s first-time volley into the top corner, though.Jorge Sampaoli paced desperately along the touchline, the Argentine cries grew louder, but their team couldn’t respond. While those in front of him were nowhere near good enough, he could become the man who effectively knocked Messi out of the World Cup.How Group D looks 5 5 5 Okay – ❌Amazing – ✅This is how you celebrate beating #ARG at the #WorldCup! pic.twitter.com/FVFEw9NLza— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 21, 2018And as their skipper faltered at the World Cup once more, Croatia’s captain did not. Modric, the classiest player on the Nizhny Novgorod pitch, ignited the stadium by shifting the ball onto his right and bending a sumptuous 25-yard strike past the desolate Caballero in the 80th minute.His partner in crime, Barcelona’s Rakitic, rounded off a move that almost taunted their broken opponents by tapping into an empty net from eight yards as the game, and possibly Argentine hopes, died out.The Albiceleste, who contain a player considered by many to be the greatest of all time, must now place their faith in results elsewhere if Messi is to remain in the tournament.Star manModric was classy in a match devoid of class. Ivan Rakitic compounded Argentine embarrassment with a late third as Lionel Messi failed to inspire his country yet again.Not since 2002 have Argentina failed to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup, but they require a minor-miracle if they are to continue that run in Russia.A deafening rendition of the Argentine national anthem encouraged a bright start from the Albiceleste, but it was Croatia who saw the game’s first real opening as Ivan Perisic forced a superb save from Caballero in the fifth minute.Neither defence deserved a clean sheet from the first-half, but some woeful finishing kept it goalless.Argentina’s Enzo Perez fired wide with the goal at his mercy in the 31st minute, before Mario Mandzukic somehow missed a header from three yards at the other end two minutes later. He just seems to have more time than everyone else. The Croatian skipper didn’t make a bad decision all night and got a goal to match his performance.Moment of the matchThat goal will haunt Caballero. Caballero knows how costly that mistake could be Argentina are on the brink of World Cup elimination as Croatia qualified from Group D with a resounding victory.A Willy Caballero howler allowed Ante Rebic to volley Vatreni in front, but the Chelsea goalkeeper could do little about Luka Modric’s stunning strike. Modric celebrates his goal Caballero cost his country the game Messi endured another frustrating night at the World Cup last_img read more