Highlights, Argentina vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 23 in Nizhny Novgorod: Croatia win 3-0

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Highlights, Argentina vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 23 in Nizhny Novgorod: Croatia win 3-0

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June 22, 2018 - 01:46 (IST)

An entertaining match  

That's all for tonight. Hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the match. It was indeed an entertaining one all thanks to Croatia. We will back again tomorrow with the live coverage of Brazil vs Costa Rica game. There are also two other matches tomorrow – Nigeria take on Iceland and Serbia face Switzerland. 

June 22, 2018 - 01:37 (IST)

Match stats! 

June 22, 2018 - 01:33 (IST)

Crushing defeat!

June 22, 2018 - 01:32 (IST)

ARG 0-3 CRO

With the win, Croatia seal a spot in Round of 16, joining Russia, Uruguay and France. They defeated the Nigerians in the first match and today, they were simply phenomenal against Argentina. Every Croatian player contributed today in their team's win. It's too early to say but this team has the quality to go all the way in the tournament. 

June 22, 2018 - 01:26 (IST)

ARG 0-3 CRO

Argentina is on the brink of World Cup elimination. On this evidence, a massive turnaround will be required against Nigeria even if other results fall their way. As for Croatia, they can celebrate a convincing display which has carried them to the knockout stage

June 22, 2018 - 01:25 (IST)

Full time! ARG 0-3 CRO

What a match for Croatia. They completely dominated Argentina and were the deserving winners of the night. World Cup dream over for Argentina and Messi? In two matches they played, Argentina and Messi were unimpressive.  

June 22, 2018 - 01:20 (IST)

90+3' ARG 0-3 CRO

Argentina's night of misery is compounded by a third goal from Croatia. With Messi and Co still pushing forward, the Croats swarmed forward and Rakitic had the simplest of finishes to seal Argentina's fate

June 22, 2018 - 01:20 (IST)

90+2' ARG 0-3 CRO

The focus will be on Argentina today but Croatia have been very impressive. It is a side with plenty of options at its disposal, as evinced by the switch between Kramaric and Mandzukic in the forward positions. The Croats are likely to top the group and avoid France in the round of 16 which must make coach Dalic very happy

June 22, 2018 - 01:19 (IST)

90+2' ARG 0-3 CRO

It's all over for Argentina. Rakitic gets the third goal for his team and Croatia are ending up as deserving winners of the game.  

June 22, 2018 - 01:15 (IST)

88' ARG 0-2 CRO

It has all kicked off as Otamendi kicks the ball out of frustration on the fallen Rakitic's head. Seems like the resignation is seeping in among the Argentinean players.

Preview: Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup.

The Argentina great had a penalty kick saved during his team's tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. At 31, this could be Messi's last World Cup, and Thursday's match against Croatia is crucial as the longtime Barcelona forward tries to deliver his first major title for Argentina.

Messi's biggest rival, Ronaldo, seems less burdened during what could also be his final World Cup run.

Highlights Argentina vs Croatia FIFA World Cup 2018 Match 23 in Nizhny Novgorod Croatia win 30

Luka Modric celebrates after scoring against Argentina. AP/Ricardo Mazalan

Ronaldo has scored a tournament-leading four goals — all of Portugal's goals so far — while silently needling Messi. After his first goal, the 33-year-old Ronaldo stroked his chin, implying that he was the "GOAT," an acronym for "greatest of all time." Messi is featured in ad with a real goat.

And when Ronaldo took the field for Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco, he sported a goatee on his previously clean-shaven chin. He promptly scored with a header in the fourth minute.

Croatia leads Group D after its 2-0 win over Nigeria, and another victory would put Argentina in a precarious position. Veteran midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic shined in the opener, with Modric scoring one goal and setting up another.

Croatia hasn't advanced past the group stage since 1998, and this could be the last chance for Modric, Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, all of whom are over 30.

Another veteran provided a bit of drama for Croatia. Coach Zlatko Dalic sent home Nikola Kalinic because the striker wouldn't come off the bench as a substitute. The team will continue with 22 players.

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