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Argentina Face Croatia In Crucial Group D Match

Argentina Face Croatia In Crucial Group D Match

"We know (Eriksen) is a fantastic player and obviously he's got a huge role to play for them", said Australia captain Mile Jedinak.

Argentina, at the moment, are on a bad run of form - having not won any match in their last three at the World Cup finals.

Iceland duly held Argentina to a 1-1 draw, increasing the pressure on Lionel Messi and his side ahead of their second pool fixture.

"We have nothing to lose in that game".

The ace Barcelona striker was the talk of the town when he missed a penalty awarded to Argentina in their group game against debutants Iceland, thereby settling for a disappointing 1-1 draw.

With their strongest squad for years and in pole position in the group, Croatia dream of rivalling the glories of 1998, when they reached the World Cup semi-finals and finished third after a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the playoff. "You can see this clearly, I don't believe that he doesn't want to play for Argentina".

But the Croatians go into the game in ebullient mood after a comfortable 2-0 win over Nigeria, and will look to add to the frustrations of Messi who has failed to replicate the glories of his Barcelona career on the global stage. Argentina is at the other end of the pressure spectrum. It's hard to tell my teammates something new about Messi, as he is an outstanding player.




Rakitic and Dalic, full of praise for Messi and Argentina, also said that Croatia will be lifted by playing against them.

"The most important thing is to stop him, but it will be hard", the midfielder said. It was evident how far long the team has come and how well they know their strengths.

And former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter said he believes the World Cup should return to England when Europe next gets its turn to host the tournament.

Messi has won nearly every trophy with Barcelona at club level, including the Champions League and the La Liga, and a World Cup trophy and a Copa America title are the global honours missing from his trophy cabin. It is up to us to stop him, to play the right way against him, and to enjoy the match and play our best.

"With Argentina, Leo has only lost five or six matches of the 75 or so he has played so Leo is a pillar of the team, just as Diego was in his day".

The defeat to France mean the Socceroos are targeting a win against Denmark in Samara on Thursday to have a realistic chance of qualifying from the group stages.


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