Messi on a mission as Argentina train with renewed hope

Paola Ditto
Giugno 25, 2018

He also took the blame as he tried to deflect the criticism from a awful goalkeeping mistake by Willy Caballero who gifted Ante Rebic for Croatia's first goal.

Croatia qualified from their group with a match to spare thanks to goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Whatever the result, Argentina will not only need to win their final Group D match against Nigeria - they'll also need Croatia to do them a favour against Iceland.

"Messi is very good but that is because he is accompanied by excellent players", Simeone said speaking to his assistant German Burgos.

Hence, yellow cards would mean a one point deduction, indirect red card is three points, direct red card will incur a four point penalty and the combination of yellow and direct red card is a five point deduction.

In the footage, the camera pans to various presenters who are respecting the football team's defeat to Croatia.

Croatia are already through to the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Simeone is Argentinian himself and his angry comments post-match in a Whatsapp message were leaked by Cadena COPE.

For all of Messi's struggles, it's impossible to ignore Jorge Sampaoli's management, which has been questionable at best.

Sampaoli made a decision to deploy three at the back against Croatia despite playing with a back four in Argentina's World Cup opener.

Argentina camp here at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation is in turmoil.

After Argentine forward and FC Barcelona megastar Lionel Messi failed to save the squad from a devastating 0-3 defeat in their World Cup Group match against Croatia, his wife has become the subject of trolling on Instagram.

Cristiano Ronaldo is more capable of lifting his national team than Lionel Messi, according to Atletico Madrid boss and former Argentina worldwide Diego Simeone.

Simeone believes that it's Ronaldo's performances amongst a "normal team" in the Portugal national side which sees him above countryman Messi.

Argentina fans in the stands voiced their discontent with Coach Jorge Sampaoli after the game.

"It is anarchy. There is no leadership, either from the coach, who should be leading, or the players, who should be led".

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