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World Cup: Croatia in euphoria after stunning win over Argentina

Caballero, who was at fault for the first goal in Argentina's 3-0 defeat by Croatia, drops to the bench along with Sergio Aguero, as coach Jorge Sampaoli followed through on his pre-match promise not to stick with established names.

In the other match of Group D, Argentina are a goal up against Nigeria.

They found themselves at the centre of an Israel-Palestinian spat over the cancellation of a World Cup warm-up match following an unconvincing qualifying campaign.

"You have seen today the technical staff directing the practice, and the team training, which demonstrates that numerous things that you have explained are a lie, they don't happen", he said, before going on to say the press are "damaging the national team". This team has lost the past three finals they have played - the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

For most football fans, the knockout stage of a World Cup without Messi and Argentina is nearly unthinkable.

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Peru will be going home from their first World Cup in 36 years at the end of the group stage, but they will be desperate to have something to cheer about before they do.

"This is the Croatian national squad, all my players are going to play the same way they played against Nigeria and Argentina".




Messi may be struggling to inspire his side in Russian Federation but it was the Barcelona star who who netted Argentina's first spot-kick of a semi-final shootout against Netherlands.

"Like it or not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it".

Australia and Peru are already aware this is their last match of the World Cup and both will want to at least leave with one win from the competition.

Messi's legacy as the greatest player to have ever played the game might depend on how he plays for the rest of this World Cup.

In its hour of crisis, Argentina needs Messi's best once more.

A win against Argentina will guarantee Nigeria a place in the second round.

"That loss (in the qualifiers in June 2017) meant that we had to go through the playoffs and even if it is a new situation, it's a nice way to settle the score", said Dalic.

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