Argentina, Messi on brink of World Cup exit after Croatia drubbing
22 June, 2018, 02:21 | Author: Anita Tucker
Lionel Messi is under pressure to deliver when Argentina face Croatia on Thursday after his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo streaked clear at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts. Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.
Argentina put in possibly one of their worst performances ever at a World Cup but by the looks of things Lionel Messi knew it was coming even before kick off.
Fortunately for Argentina, the squad will still have a chance to sneak into the knockout round, barring a massive rout in Friday's Iceland-Nigeria game - but Messi's team will have to play much better in its group stage finale than it has so far in Russian Federation. Messi's hat-trick in the final qualification match against Ecuador ensured his team reached Russian Federation, and his seven goals made him the team's top scorer by a distance - no other Argentinaplayer managed more than two goals in the campaign.
Second-half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory as a poor Argentina were left on the brink of a humiliating first round exit.
"The defeat is my responsibility because I am the coach", he said.
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Messi has evolved as a player in a positional sense as the years have passed by at Barcelona, but this has not happened in the national team.
" It is not easy to play against them, but our players have to enjoy the match". But everything positive Argentina did still came from Messi, and it was the same against Croatia, albeit he wasn't as centrally involved.
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The Navigators then held on to their lead to take away all three points from the match. "We will try to come first in the group". Ronaldo scored in the fourth minute of the match to become the highest-scoring European player in global soccer history.
He had a score to settle and all he needed was two opportunities on Monday at the Volgograd Arena, just two strikes on target. The England captain protested immediately, but Roldan was unmoved and was not invited to take another look at the incident.
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