Aguero leads the line again for Argentina v Croatia

Jun 22, 2018, 02:23
Aguero leads the line again for Argentina v Croatia

The Group D defeat means Argentina have just one point from two games, meaning they will probably have to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results go their way to avoid elimination.

In stark contrast, Ronaldo, who last month won his fifth Champions League winner's medal, now has four goals in Russian Federation and looks a shoo-in to win his sixth world player of the year award.

In Messi, Maxi Meza, Angel Di Maria and Aguero, Sampaoli arguably has the best attack at the World Cup.

A defeat against the Luka Modric-led Croatians in Nizhny Novgorod could see Argentina, unthinkably, flirting with a first group stage exit since 2002.

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It was a hard night for Messi and Argentina.

"We are here to help him every moment, and of course we will be at his side". A Nigerian win will give the team three total points, but Argentina will play Nigeria on June 26th and have a chance to vault into second in the group. "I am extremely hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn't understand the match the way I should have".

Next up: France will take on Denmark, and Peru will face Australia at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday in the Group C finales. We have an entire squad here and we need to bind ourselves together through good and bad. We won, but we know that there are things to improve on.

"We played a ideal game which is what you need against a top side", captain Modric said, before adding, "Let's not be euphoric or get ahead of ourselves". "We should be focused on what awaits". The collective must function for the individual to shine.

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There are two scenarios in which Argentina can avoid embarrassment and advance to the knockout stage.

Morocco will also be leaving Russian Federation after the first round following their defeat to European champions Portugal, who are level with Spain on four points at the top of Group B. I think that's quite unfair treatment.

Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986 - the last with Maradona as the star player - but has not won any major title in 25 years.

"The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us".

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