Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to Croatia

first_imgCroatia absolutely crushed Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 in their second Group D encounter in the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.After having drawn 1-1 to Iceland in their opening World Cup fixture, Argentina were required to win this match to keep themselves in a strong position to qualify. Instead, Luka Modric and co stunned Argentina and left them at the brink of elimination.Ante Rebic, Modric and Ivan Rakitic scored one each for Croatia but the floodgates began after Willy Caballero made a silly mistake to gift the first goal.It was a humiliating defeat for the South American nation considering the way it came.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENone of the Argentina players could be effective as they failed to have any impact on the game.While the first half saw Argentina play more direct football and take the game by the scruff of the neck, the better chances fell to Croatia.When the second half came by, Croatia played with far more flair, took advantage of the acres of space left by Argentina on the flanks and created a flurry of chances.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the 53rd minute, under pressure from Rebic, Caballero attempted to chip the fall back to his defender. However, the ball kindly floated for the Croatiana and to his credit, he executed a fabulous half-volley.That completely opened the floodgates for Croatia — also because of the substitutions made by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli. Refusing the change the system of play, Sampaoli left Mascherano alone in the midfield and that allowed Modric and Rakitic to play havoc with the Argentinian defence.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: First goal broke us emotionally, says Argentina coachSpanish World Cup-winning footballer Cesc Fabregas said in his punditry stint on BBC that Argentina practically played without a midfield and that is what any team in the world wants.Eventually, Modric struck a beauty to put Croatia 2-0 ahead and then Rakitic applied salt to Argentina’s wounds to make it 3-0.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric reveals how Croatia kept Messi quietOf course, the internet did not spare Messi’s men and tore them apart, along with Sampaoli. For the first time since 2002, Argentina now stare at a group-stage exit.Brilliant from Modric but in all the years of watching Argentina I cant remember them ever having such a poor side.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 21, 2018Sampaoli is a joke, Argentina is a joke. #ARGCROVarunrajsinh Jadeja (@Varunrajsinh23) June 22, 2018This World Cup is making Christiano Ronaldo look more like GOAT and Messi look more like he was made great by possibly the greatest club side/midfield of all time.Georgie Bingham (@georgiebingham) June 21, 2018Ignoring all of the “it’s Messi’s fault’ no team that unsportsmanlike should win or should even play, first Messi pushing away Strinic after he started apologising, kicking Rakitic in the head and playing dirty the whole fucking game they deserved to lose more than anyone #ARGCROKarlo Ila (@KarloIla) June 22, 2018#Messi’s abject performance against #CRO once again proves what I’ve been consistently maintaining over the years. He needs a well-oiled midfield and ball possession to suit his menacing game. Otherwise, he can’t ride the team on his back like #CR7. #WorldCup #ARGCROBharath Shastry (@bharathshastry) June 22, 2018so how long till messi announces his retirement THIS TIME? ?? #ARGCRO #WorldCupkassandra ponce (@kas_ponce) June 22, 2018WTH is #Sampaoli upto?! He benched two of #ARG’s most creative midfielders in #Dybala & #DiMaria who could have created a host of goal scoring opportunities. #ARGCRO #EpicFailBharath Shastry (@bharathshastry) June 22, 2018Is it me or is really Karius’s concussion is contagious? First de Gea and now Caballero #ARGCROBhavik Jain (@jussbhavik) June 22, 2018See Messi, working so hard defending!! . #arg #cro #ARGCRO #Worldcup pic.twitter.com/pUv8NA0Cgm??LORD Marshal?? (@rugzzy) June 21, 2018Sampaoli dropping Dybala, DiMaria and Banega vs Croatia in the #WORLDCUP reminded me of Brendan Rodgers dropping Gerrard, Coutinho and co. vs Real Madrid in UCL. ??#ARGCROVaibhav Shah (@Aviation_Freak) June 22, 2018#ARG manager tactics is the worst given the formation they plays and the players they have… There was no midfield play in the game #ARGCRO ….Diptendu Mukherjee (@DiptenduME) June 22, 2018Argentina desperately need couple of true midfielders instead of attacking midfielders who don’t know how to set up a game. Argentina’s midfield has been a complete failure till now, which is why players like Messi, Di Maria and Aguero have had no impact at all.#ARGCROOblivious (@Anupamability) June 22, 2018Argentina are dependent on Messi but so are Barca. In tough moments Busquets always looks for Messi, who somehow manages to create & to score.A major difference is that Messi just doesn’t seem to enjoy playing for La Albiceleste#ARGCRO #WorldCup #MessiadvertisementWali Khan (@SportsConnectWK) June 22, 2018It all started when Sampaoli dint pick Mauro Icardi for the #worldcup#ARGCRO #ArgentinaVaibhav Shah (@Aviation_Freak) June 22, 2018While Argentina were being torn apart on social media, Messi did find some support.Everyone blaming Messi for the loss like he is the coach, defender or a goalkeeper of Argentina. Messi is just a one player not a whole team! If you wanna blame then blame to #caballero and coach. #WorldCup#ARG #CRO #ARGCROfreedom fighter (@ailrazabaghi) June 22, 2018We know how much amount of talent you have and what a great player you are! You are carrying expectations of your whole country. You are paying for mistakes of others. You are the only one taking it seriously. I know you need 1 moment to emerge again. #ARGCRO @FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/1efGYaKSWfPrashant Pareek (@prashan23S) June 22, 2018#ARGCRO 1. Lack of game spirit2. Lack of team performance3. Overconfident4. Overdependent#feelingsadforMessiRSP (@RSP_1995) June 22, 2018One man can represent a whole team but can’t be the whole team. It’s probably an end to Messi’s dream to win a world cup. You can see the disappointment on his face, that frustration. Team’s too much dependent on him, makes him poor. #fifaworldcup2018 #ARGCRORohan Nathiya (@rohanme57) June 22, 2018Please do not make him feel pressured anymore!The fault was not his!Being an Argentina fan, I feel so sad but it is nothing compared to the pain that Messi suffered??#ARGCRO#Messi #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/Id7I9SW7eSYang Mii (@yumidaniel12) June 22, 2018last_img read more