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


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


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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