Argentina vs Croatia (LIVE UPDATES): Messi seeks redemption after poor start

After failing to help his team to victory and also blowing away a penalty in their group opener against Iceland, a lot is expected from Lionel Messi as Argentina face Croatia tonight.

Jorge Sampaoli’s men are in desperate need of three points after stuttering to a 1-1 draw against debutants Iceland over the weekend.

As for Croatia, Zlatko Dalic and his charges require a victory to confirm a spot in the knockout stages with a game to spare, having beaten Nigeria in their opening match.

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Kick off is 7 p.m.

Both teams are already on pitch and the national anthems being rendered

We are  underway already

Rebic is penalised for pushing Marcos Acuna

Wilfredo Caballero does well to deny Ivan Perisic’s effort from within the area

Ante Rebic is penalised for pushing Marcos Acuna

Shot by Argentina blocked

Brozovic tries his luck from distance but his effort ends up safely in the hands of Wilfredo Caballero

Maximiliano Meza from Argentina is ruled offside

Another chance  for Croatia Mandzuki so close

Still barren in the Argentina Croatia tie

A rather dangerous challenge by Ante Rebic from Croatia. Gabriel Mercado on the receiving end.. The Argentine is being treated

Rebic is booked by the referee after series of fouls

Foul :Javier Mascherano is penalised for pushing Ivan Rakitic

Half Time Argentina 0-0 Croatia

Sergio Aguero get the second half underway

Throw in for Croatia .. Aguero concedes the ball

Nice block for Croatia by Loveren

Yellow card for Mercado


Enters Higuaine for Aguero

Willy Calebaro with a costly error

Croatia makes a substitution as Andrej Kramaric replaces Ante Rebic

Soccer legend, Diego Maradona looking worried in the stands… Argentina is country  may be making an early exit from the World Cup

Croatia escape… Higuain pulls the ball back for Messi but his shot was saved!

CLOSE… Croatia tries to get another goal Mandzukic finds some room for a shot but it is a side netting

Croatia manager looking to make another substitution

Dybala tries a shot.. but it is well over the bar!

Messi getting furious as the time is ticking fast away

A Croatia player Rakitic is on the pitch needing medical attention

Goal…..Luca Modric Makes it 2-0

Yellow card for Otamendi ridiculous attitude

Free kick by Rakitic and the ball hits the crossbar quite close for Croatia

Another yellow card for Argentina.  Marcos Acuna booked

GOALLLL…. Rakitic makes it 3-0

Maradona moved to tears as Argentina are being ripped apart by Croatia

Full Time Argentina 0-3 Croatia

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