How Lionel Messi's Argentina can still qualify after painful 3-0 Croatia loss

Sport360 staff 14:15 22/06/2018
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Messi and Argentina had a disappointing World Cup.

Lionel Messi‘s Argentina were hammered 3-0 by Croatia after goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic on Thursday and their World Cup dream looks all but over.

Although, Jorge Sampaoli‘s men can still qualify for the next round, but their fate depends on the outcome of other teams in their group.

Croatia are top of Group D with six points from two games. They have already qualified. Argentina have one point from two games – earned from the draw against Iceland.

Debutants Iceland and Nigeria have one point and zero points resoectively but will play each other on Friday.

Iceland are yet to face Croatia as well.

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Messi and co could go ahead if:

Scenario 1

1. Argentina must defeat Nigeria and expect Iceland to lose both their remaining games against Nigeria and Croatia.

Scenario 2

2. Iceland loses or draw against Nigeria, Croatia then defeats or draws against Iceland, and Argentina defeat Nigeria

Scenario 3

3. If Iceland do manage to win even one of their games, then Argentina must also win against Nigeria and make sure they finish up with a better goal difference (Argentina’s goal difference is currently -3).

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