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The Knives Are Out For Argentina After Croatia Hammering

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks dejected after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Argentina’s World Cup descended into farce on Thursday night after they fell to a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia.

Despite making a number of changes from the side’s 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener, Jorge Sampaoli’s side were wretched as their European opponents took full advantage of their defensive shortcomings in a ruthless second half.

Goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic put Argentina to the sword, sent Croatia safely through to the last 16 and led to serious questions being asked of the South American side.

Argentina’s fate is now out of their hands regarding their qualification for the next round. Defeating Nigeria in their final match will not be enough if Iceland record a positive result against the same opposition on Friday, and get at least a draw against Croatia in the final match next week.

 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

A fantastic night for Croatia, a team seriously gathering momentum, but very worrying times for Sampaoli and Argentina.

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