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.

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A standout night for Zlatko Dalic's charges was capped off during injury time, when Ivan Rakitic poked home a rebound to cement all three points and send Croatia into the second round with a game to spare.

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.