Argentina on the brink of going out of the World Cup. And how very poor they were tonight. It was an embarrassing display by Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli will now face the consequences. An Iceland win over Nigeria would make it extremely difficult for Argentina to qualify. Croatia were sublime. Modric and Rakitic in particular were superb. They go on. Six points out of six for them. They are through to the knockout stages.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side produced an abysmal second-half display that severely damages their hopes of following Croatia out of Group D, with Caballero’s stray pass to Gabriel Mercado that was volleyed home by Ante Rebic in the 53rd minute proving the turning point.
Any hopes of a late Argentina fightback were extinguished 10 minutes from time as the irrepressible Luka Modric whipped a fine strike into the bottom-right corner from just outside the penalty area.
Argentina had all but given up by the closing stages and they were punished further in stoppage time when Ivan Rakitic tapped in from close range with barely a defender in sight.
All eyes were on Lionel Messi before the game after his saved penalty in the South Americans’ opening 1-1 draw with Iceland and, once again, he was a shadow of the player that has starred for Barcelona.