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
Throw in for Croatia .. Aguero concedes the ball
Nice block for Croatia by Loveren
Yellow card for Mercado
GOAL!!! CROATIA IN FRONT
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
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