From group D, as the first team, Croatia secured their place round of 16 in the ongoing Russia World Cup 2018. The 2nd place is yet to finalize and Argentina still has a chance but now the key of their next round competition is not at their hand. They have to win the 3rd match and also depend on the results of the rest two matches.
After the first match failure against Iceland, Argentina failed to turn around against Croatia where Croatia simply destroyed them. Now, they are in danger zone and would probably be ruled out from the competition from the group stage. But, Croatia has confirmed their place in the round of last sixteen where they have still one match in hand.
At the Stadion Nizhny Novgorod in last Thursday night, the two times FIFA World Cup champion Argentina faced defeat by 3 – 0 goals. All three goals were scored in the 2nd half.
Due to a major fault of Argentine goalkeeper Caballero, Croatia went ahead for the first time. The inaugural goal was scored by Rebic. Later, from outside of the box with an amazing shot the difference was increased by Luca Modric. And in the additional minutes of the game, Ivan Rakitic secured the big victory.
In the first half, both teams made the number of opportunities but no team scored any goals. They failed to use the opportunities. In the first half, Argentine dominated the ground and most of the times ball was under the control of team Argentina.
The most major chance was got by Perez. In 31st minutes of the game, he got the ball into the box in a blank spot but failed to find the net. In the minute after, Mandzukic failed to use a chance to lead his team Croatia. His head was missed where he was too close.
In the additional minutes of the first half with a counter-attack, a chance came to the Rebic. The team was disappointed with his missed shot. In the 8th minutes of the 2nd half, the Argentine goalkeeper made the great mistake.
The back pass of Mercado was taken by him but he passed the ball with the same player when Rebic received the ball and with an accurate volley, he found the net for the first time.
In 80th minutes of the game, just outside the box, Luca Modric took a curve shot and the goalkeeper had nothing to do. So, the goal difference went double. In the additional minutes of the game, Croatia made another counter-attack and this time Rakitic did not make any mistake but got his first goal in the match.