Sampaoli not revealing Argentina XI to face Croatia

World Cup: 99.6% of Iceland's TV viewers watched Argentina draw

With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russian Federation always looked a tall order. Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.

Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi debate is the biggest talking point with the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.

He is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986, desperate to crown his glittering career with a major worldwide tournament success.

Fortunately for Argentina, the squad will still have a chance to sneak into the knockout round, barring a massive rout in Friday's Iceland-Nigeria game - but Messi's team will have to play much better in its group stage finale than it has so far in Russian Federation.

At the time of writing, Messi and Argentina's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as they face a talented Croatia team in the second round of group play. "But when Argentina loses, it's all Leo's fault".

World Cup Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen out
I'll take playing like that in every game if it means we win every game 2-1 like that! 'We've got saunas, an infrared sauna. However, the former England global believes that Kane should not be labelled as a world class player just yet.

Here, we take a look at some of his options ahead of Argentina's huge game against Croatia on Thursday night. Let us remind you, Messi missed a penalty in Argentina's opening encounter with Iceland, a game Argentina were expected to win. The best news for Argentina on Friday would be Nigeria and Iceland drawing, and right behind that an Argentina win.

"He (Messi) is a player who can solve a game or hit a hat-trick. I am extremely hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn't understand the match the way I should have".

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.

Croatia has advanced with six points from two matches in Group D, while Argentina has only one point and is facing elimination.

Yet here they are, winless and goalless through two matches at the World Cup. We have a young coach, and players with us who are our future and we have to play football. This time it seems they want to cash-in on the World Cup fever. We have to concentrate on the remaining 22 players.

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