FIFA World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia Highlights: Predicted XI ahead of crucial Group D clash

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New Delhi | Updated:Jun 22, 2018 3:18:28 pm

FIFA World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia: Lionel Messi-led Argentina to take on Croatia in Group D match-up.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Score, Argentina vs Croatia: Argentina eye crucial win against Croatia.

FIFA World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia: Croatia had their best start to a World Cup in 20 years when they beat Nigeria 2-0. The Vatreni would want to get another win and take a big step towards the knockouts as they meet the Group D favourites Argentina. As for La Albiceleste, they are will be sharing the pitch with Croatia in an entirely different situation. The unprecedented draw with the debutants Iceland has left Jorge Sampaoli’s side with a tough task at hand.

A win is a must if they want to avoid a nerve-wracking match against Nigeria. Argentina have topped in the group in last three World Cups. Yet if there is one thing that Argentina proved on their tortuous journey to Russia it is that they can respond when under pressure. The two-times champions and runner-up of 2014 World Cup, Argentina have now gone three games without a win at the world finals.

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The last time they had a taste of victory was against Belgium four years ago, which was followed by a penalty shoot-out victory over the Netherlands in the semi-finals.


Argentina: Caballero; Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Salvio, Mascherano, Meza, Acuna; Messi, Aguero, Pavon.

Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Badelj; Brozovic, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic

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19:47 (IST)21 Jun 2018
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Hello people, its an action filled night today. Denmark and Australia first went hammers and tongs against each other and the Socceroos contained the Danish Dynamites 1-1. Now, its time for Argentina to go against Croatia in the bid for survival. The last time the two sides met at a World Cup was in 1998. La Albiceleste defeated the Vatreni 1-0 in a group stage match- courtesy of Mauricio Pineda's strike.

However, this time Croatia already have three points in the bag and any result against the two times world champions will help them sail through to the round of 16.

Here are the squadsARGENTINAGoalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea/ENG), Franco Armani (River Plate)Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino/ITA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Federico Fazio (Roma/ITA), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/NED), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR)Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune/CHN), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan/ITA), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Ever Banega (Sevilla/ESP), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/ITA), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG)CROATIAGoalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco/FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Gent/BEL), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria/ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ENG), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT)Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid/ESP), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid/ESP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan /ITA), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus/ITA), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan/ITA), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim/GER), Marko Pjaca (Schalke/GER), Ante Rebic (Eintracht/GER)
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