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All the ways Argentina can advance to the World Cup's knockout stage

All the ways Argentina can advance to the World Cup's knockout stage

Argentina's media stuck the boot into Lionel Messi and his teammates on Thursday, branding the team's World Cup defeat to Croatia a "catastrophe" and a "humiliation".

Real Madrid star Modric then produced an electrifying 80th-minute goal before Messi's Barcelona team-mate Rakitic completed the scoring after Croatia sliced apart Argentina's hapless defence in injury time. Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.

A staggering 99.6 percent of TV viewers in Iceland tuned in to see their nation's first World Cup finals game on Saturday, a 1-1 draw against an Argentina side led by Lionel Messi.

"It's silly. Messi is good but he's never won the World Cup". "He's the best player in the world, but clearly it's impossible that a single player completely changes the situation of a match".

Infobae took aim at the blunder by goalkeeper Willy Caballero that handed Croatia their opening goal early in the second half, describing the howler as "incredible".

"They [Iran] went out to waste time, whereas we like to win in a different way", he said. If Argentina is better, they should congratulate them.

"If two or three players latch onto Messi, there will be other players who will be free".

AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from Russian Federation for reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute, though coach Zlatko Dalic said the AC Milan man had a back injury.

In the first game of the day, Australia kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive with a 1-1 draw against Denmark in Group C.

The defeat to France mean the Socceroos need a win against Christian Eriksen's Denmark in Samara.

France ensured their place in the round of 16 by edging Peru 1-0, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe becoming his country's youngest ever World Cup scorer.

Before the match, Dalic said this was going to be Croatia's "easiest game".

A curiously lifeless and uninspired Argentine display was capped off by Caballero's mistake when he somehow managed to chip the ball just a few yards to Croatia's Rebic, following a Gabriel Mercado backpass.

Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.

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