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Argentina vs Croatia kick-off, team news, head-to-head at the World Cup

June 20, 2018 By Ali M.
Here is a comprehensive compilation of TV schedules and listings for Argentina's World Cup clash with Croatia.

Argentina’s next World Cup match will be extremely crucial for the South American side. After their disappointing draw with Iceland, La Albiceleste knows this their clash with Croatia is a must-win game for Messi and Co.

Sampaoli’s men put in a lackluster display an earned a single point in the 1-1 draw in their opening game. Leo received heavy criticism after missing a penalty that could have won the game, but the performance of the team as a whole was more worrying.

Croatia, on the other hand, enjoyed a better kick-off. They took on Nigeria in their first game and beat the African powerhouse 2-0 to grab the top spot in Group D. A win over La Albiceleste would put them in pole position to win the group and could result in an early exit for Argentina.

Vatreni will have only one forward for this tie after sending Nikola Kalinić home after refusing to come on as a late substitute in the victory over the Super Eagles. Regardless, Luka Modric in midfield will be the biggest threat for the European outfit.

For the two-time World Cup champion, Messi must return to form as the team’s dependence on him does not look like it will cool down anytime. Another frustrating display from La Pulga would likely result in a negative result for Argentina.

Team news

According to the rumors, Sampaoli is preparing to shake up his lineup for Thursday’s game. Firstly, he will reportedly return to his preferred three-at-the-back defense which will see Mercado come in for Rojo.

Di Maria is also tipped to be dropped, with Pavon the favorite to replace the PSG ace. Messi and Aguero will continue spearheading the attack.

Croatia should feature an identical lineup to the one that beat Nigeria. There will be a vacant seat on the bench due to Kalinic’s expulsion.

Match facts

  • Argentina has not won any of their last three World Cup matches in regular time, losing the 2014 final and needing penalties to get past the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
  • These two sides have locked horns four times before but Croatia has won only once (L2, D1).
  • The last time these two sides met in a World Cup group-stage tie, La Albiceleste came out victorious via a 1-0 triumph.
  • Vatreni will be hoping to record back-to-back World Cup wins for the first time since 1998.
  • Messi has scored in each of his last two encounters with Croatia.
  • However, Leo is yet to find the back of the net in this competition with 21 successive shots – he last found the back of the net in the 3-2 group-stage win over Nigeria in 2014. 

Broadcast info

Argentina TV Schedule, Croatia TV Schedule, Football TV Schedules, Argentina National Team, Croatia National Team, Lionel Messi, Jorge Sampaoli, FIFA World Cup

 


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