All eyes will be on La Albeiceste on Thursday night, as they launch an all-out mission to pick all three points in their group stage match against Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Argentina recorded a bad start to their campaign last week when they were held to a 1-1 draw against world cup new comers, Iceland.
Lionel Messi was criticized by many as the flop of the match, after he failed to score a penalty kick that could have easily give them the much needed win. Several pundits have attributed their shambolic opening performance to the somewhat “reluctant” attitude of the players to achieve anything in the match.
Croatia on the other hand, will be flying high with a good morale on Thursday evening, after they steamrolled the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their opening match.
The cohesive and coherent nature of the Croatian team will pose a huge threat to Argentina, as they hope to seal the required six points to proceed to the knockout stage of the tournament. The match will kickoff at 7:00 pm
Argentina: Wilfredo Caballero; Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lionel Messi, Maximiliano Meza, Eduardo Salvio, Cristian Pavon; Marcos Acuna, Sergio Aguero
Croatia: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Luka Modric; Mario Mandzukic
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