Argentina’s test after worst group stage defeat in World Cups in 60 years

first_imgThe last time Argentina had suffered a worse loss in the group stage of a World Cup before the 3-0 humiliation by Croatia on Thursday, was back in 1958. That was 60 years ago.In the sixth ever World Cup in 1958 Argentina came back to the world stage after playing only the first edition, lost 1-6 to Czechoslovakia. They were knocked out of the group stage with their only win coming against Northern Ireland, who were playing their first ever World Cup.Fast forward, 60 years and the scenes at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, broke a nations heart. Form the highs of the World Cup prior, when they finished runners-up, to barely making it to this year’s edition in Russia – Lionel Messi and Argentina has seen it all. Croatia humbled them 3-0 as the weight of the world weighed down even the best.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSBefore the match, Croatia had lost all their four previous World Cup matches against South American opponents, one at each of the four previous tournaments they’ve played in.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEInterestingly enough, the two Argentina players with the fewest touches in the first half were Sergio Aguero (7) and Messi (20). Aguero didn’t touch the ball at all in the final 21 minutes and 11 seconds of the first half.Croatia are top of the group with six points while Argentina have just one point from their two games. Iceland, also with one, and Nigeria, yet to open their account, meet in Volgograd on Friday in the second group game for both sides.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIf Iceland win against Nigeria, they will take a giant leap in getting closer to the round of 16, that too on their World Cup debut.So, are Argentina out of the World Cup? No, not yet and they can still make it to the knock-outs. How? Well they will have to have a lot go in their favour.Also read – World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyFirstly, they have to hope that Iceland don’t win, but an Nigeria win will only complicate matters. The ideal result would be a draw, which would take Iceland to two points from two games and Nigeria to one points (same as Argentina).But if Iceland win, things get even harder for them.Also read – Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to CroatiaThe last round of matches in the group are Croatia against Iceland and Nigeria facing Argentina. For Argentina to go through to next round, they first have to beat Nigeria and hope Croatia can do favour for them and defeat Iceland and that too by a huge margin.If both Argentina and Croatia win, it will all come down to goal difference and any other permutation or combination will result in Lionel Messi and team to crash out.last_img

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