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
Defender/Midfielder Marcos Acuña
Defender/Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder Maximiliano Meza
Midfielder Enzo Pérez
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 Pérez 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 María
Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso
Midfielder/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