FIFA World Cup 2018
Argentina vs Croatia
The points table isn’t the one we expected after the opening game from this group which was between Argentina and World Cup debutants Iceland. The Icelanders had a dream start as they played a 1-1 draw against one of the top sides in the history of the game and eventually found themselves at the second spot in the Group-D points table.
When: June 21th, 11:30 PM IST
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
The stadium has a capacity of 44,889 and the first game played at this stadium of this edition was between Sweden and South Korea where the Korean’s fought hard but eventually lose the game 0-1. The stadium witnessed a crowd of 42,300, and it is expected to be full in this game the Messi mania will be up and rolling.
An unexpected result came Argentina’s way when they played Iceland, and they were more distressed when the skipper and the star player missed a penalty like the way he did in the Copa America 2016 finals against Chile. The momentum kept on shifting from one side to the other throughout the match, but the character shown by Iceland was unexpectedly impressive against a champion side.
Croatia seeks a top spot finish after the end of this game in the points table, they are currently sitting at the top but will solidify their position if they somehow beat the South American giants. They came into this World Cup with 2 losses and 2 wins under their belt, but they started impressively against Nigeria in their opening game with a 2-0 win.
Croatia meanwhile have sent home their striker Nikola Kalinic after he refused to come on as a substitute in the opening game. The 1998 semi-finalists will look to revamp their preparations even more against the heavyweights Argentina.
Talking about the head to head meetings between the two sides, the two teams have met 4 times in which Argentina won twice while Croatia had a solitary win, the other match ended in a draw.
Recent form, Argentina: LWLWD
Where to watch Argentina vs Croatia?
You can watch the telecast of Argentina vs Croatia on Sony Sports Network/HD and web platform is Sonyliv.com.