Russia 2018: Messi Faces Early Exit As Croatia Whips Argentina
Lionel Messi and Argentina may be exiting the World Cup earlier than many would have imagined after they were whipped 3-0 by Croatia in their second group game on Thursday.
While it was a nightmare for Argentina, Croatia have booked themselves a place in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia courtesy of a remarkable 3-0 win the recorded in the Group D clash at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Argentina stopper Willy Caballero produced a goalkeeping howler in the second half to leave Ante Rebic with the chance to volley his side into the lead, before Luka Modric went one better with a standout finish from range to leave Croatia in the driving seat.
Defeat for Jorge Sampaoli's men now sees Argentina facing the possibility of exiting the tournament without getting out of the group stages should results go against them.