Argentina lose 3-0 to Croatia as Messi’s World Cup dreams fade

Argentina lose 3-0 to Croatia as Messi’s World Cup dreams fade

Argentina lose 3-0 to Croatia as Messi’s World Cup dreams fade

Argentina forward Sergio Aguero took aim at his manager Jorge Sampaoli following Thursday's disastrous 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the World Cup.

The fact that Croatia is the only Group D squad with a victory thus far - a 2-0 shutout of Nigeria - makes it all the more crucial for Argentina to walk off the field Thursday with a win in tow. Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.

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Argentina drew their first game with Iceland.

Messi also missed a penalty kick in his team's opening 1-1 draw against Iceland.

"As coaches, we need to realise these things and try to deal with them and I'm the one that needs to accept it".

Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986 - the last with Maradona as the star player - but has not won any major title in 25 years. "I believe I did the best job I could and I quite simply did not find a way to give them what they wanted".

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Messi's best moments in an Albiceleste shirt came under Alex Sabella, who took over in 2011. The responsibility for the defeat will be put on Messi.

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

Former England captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Argentina in the World Cup final after a positive start against Tunisia.

Yet here they are, winless and goalless through two matches at the World Cup.

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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.

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