Argentina v Croatia, 21 June 2018

Score3-0 to Croatia
RefereeRavshan Irmatov
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Group D
VenueNizhny Novograd Stadium
Attendance43,319
Kick-off: 9.00pm local Argentina v Croatia was Match 23 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Refereeing team: Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan) Assistant Referee 2: Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan) Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) Reserve AR: Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia) VAR: Felix Zwayer (Germany) This win confirmed that Croatia would progress to the knock-out stages of a World Cup finals for the second time. They went on to reach the semi-finals in 1998. Argentina had now failed to win either of their opening two group games at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1974 in Germany. This was Argentina’s biggest defeat in the group stages of a World Cup finals since a 6-1 loss to Czechoslovakia in Halsingborg in 1958. This was Argentina's first defeat at the World Cup finals by a margin of three goals or more since their 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Germany in Cape Town in 2010. Vedran Corluka became the seventh player to make 100 international appearances for Croatia.

0  Argentina

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli

3  Croatia

Manager: Zlatko Dalic

Goals:

Goals:

Ante Rebić 53 G
Luka Modrić 80 G
Ivan Rakitić 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Defender Gabriel Mercado
Midfielder Marcos Acuña
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder Maximiliano Meza
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder Eduardo Salvio
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)
Forward Sergio Agüero

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Danijel Subašić
Defender Dejan Lovren
Defender Ivan Strinic
Defender Domagoj Vida
Defender/Midfielder Šime Vrsaljko
Midfielder Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder Luka Modrić (captain)
Midfielder Ivan Rakitić
Midfielder/Forward Ivan Perišić
Forward Ante Rebić

Substitutions:

Gonzalo Higuaín for Sergio Agüero 54
Cristian Pavón for Eduardo Salvio 56
Paulo Dybala for Enzo Perez 68

Substitutions:

Andrej Kramarić for Ante Rebić 57
Mateo Kovačić for Ivan Perišić 82
Vedran Corluka for Mario Mandžukić 90

Cards:

Gabriel Mercado 51 Y
Nicolás Otamendi 85 Y
Marcos Acuña 87 Y

Cards:

Ante Rebić 39 Y
Mario Mandžukić 58 Y
Šime Vrsaljko 67 Y
Marcelo Brozović 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Franco Armani
Goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán
Defender Cristian Ansaldi
Defender Federico Fazio
Defender Marcos Rojo
Midfielder Éver Banega
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Angel Di Maria
Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso
Forward Paulo Dybala
Forward Cristian Pavón

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić
Goalkeeper Dominik Livaković
Defender Dulje Caleta-Car
Defender Vedran Corluka
Defender Tin Jedvaj
Defender Josip Pivarić
Midfielder Milan Badelj
Midfielder Filip Bradarić
Midfielder Mateo Kovačić
Midfielder/Forward Marko Pjaca