Group Stage
Finished
  • Ante Rebic 53'
  • Luka Modric 80'
  • Ivan Rakitic 90'+1'
3
ARG
CRO
KO
  • Rebic gets the first booking of the game as he comes in, studs up, on Salvio and catches him in the ankle. Argentina coach Sampaoli remonstrates loudly to the referee for VAR, wanting a red card; none is forthcoming.
    Croatia
    Yellow card
    CRO - Ante Rebic
    39'
HT
  • Rebic breaks down the left wing on the back of a lovely Modric pass, and Mercardo catches him sharply to halt his stride. The Argentinian man is booked straight away for his foul.
    Argentina
    Yellow card
    ARG - Gabriel Mercado
    51'
  • REBIC SCORES! 1-0 TO CROATIA! That is an absolute howler of a goalkeeping error from Willy Caballero! Supplied a back-pass from Mercado, he mistimes his kick and chips it high - straight into the path of the Croatian winger who volleys it at close range into the top right corner. Argentina have just shot themselves in the foot.
    Croatia
    Goal
    CRO - Ante Rebic
    53'
  • Oh my word, what a mistake from Caballero. As Croatia return to restart from their celebrations, Argentina make their first change as they seek to recover from a goal down; Aguero is off and Gonzalo Higuain is on.
    Argentina
    Argentina
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out9 - Sergio Agüero
    Substitution - In15 - Gonzalo Higuaín
    54'
  • Perisic rockets another cross into the box for Croatia though Mandzukic can't make anything of it. Argentina make another change now too; Salvio makes way for Cristian Pavon.
    Argentina
    Argentina
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out18 - Eduardo Salvio
    Substitution - In20 - Cristian Pavón
    56'
  • Now Croatia make a change as goalscorer Rebic pulls up with a problem; he is off after a moment with Andrej Kramaric on to take his spot.
    Croatia
    Croatia
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out17 - Ante Rebic
    Substitution - In8 - Andrej Kramaric
    57'
  • Mandzukic cuts down Meza as he looks to break up a potential Argentina counter-attack and is booked for his foul by referee Irmatov.
    Croatia
    Yellow card
    CRO - Mario Mandzukic
    58'
  • Vrsaljko now gets a booking after he clatters Acuna out on the left wing with a heavy-footed challenge for the fourth yellow card of the game.
    Croatia
    Yellow card
    CRO - Sime Vrsaljko
    67'
  • Perez is the final man to be substituted by Argentina as Paulo Dybala arrives.
    Argentina
    Argentina
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out14 - Enzo Pérez
    Substitution - In20 - Paulo Dybala
    68'
  • GOAL! WHAT A SENSATIONAL STRIKE FROM LUKA MODRIC! CROATIA LEAD 2-0! That was pure class from the Real Madrid man as, played a square ball by Brozovic out on the right, he launches a beautiful right-footed effort that curls around Tagliafico and nestles in at the right post. Croatia wheel away in wild celebration; halfway up the field, Lionel Messi stares with misery at the turf. Argentina are heading for defeat.
    Croatia
    Goal
    CRO - Luka Modric
    80'
  • Mateo Kovacic is the latest change, coming on for Perisic as the game gets back underway.
    Croatia
    Croatia
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out0 - Ivan Perisic
    Substitution - In0 - Mateo Kovacic
    82'
  • Mascherano comes in with a clattering challenge on Rakitic and Otamendi tries to follow up with an attempted clearance that catches the Croatian in the face on the ground. A bit of a scuffle erupts between both sets of players, resolved with a free-kick 25 yards out for Croatia and a booking for Otamendi.
    Argentina
    Yellow card
    ARG - Nicolás Otamendi
    85'
  • Acuna comes in heavy on Vrsaljko on halfway and another yellow card is brandished by the referee. It's been a feisty encounter, and tempers are spilling over at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
    Argentina
    Yellow card
    ARG - Marcos Acuña
    87'
  • RAKITIC! CROATIA LEAD ARGENTINA 3-0! From the corner down the other end of the field, Rakitic, Kovacic and Mandzukic break down the middle of the park with a leisurely pace. It's Rakitic who puts the first shot on Caballero, saved by the keeper - but the ball deflects back to Kovacic who simply squares it back to the Barcelona man to clip home. What a showing from Croatia.
    Croatia
    Goal
    CRO - Ivan Rakitic
    91'
  • Vedran Corluka wins his 100th cap for Croatia as he replaces Mandzukic for the final few minutes of what has been a stunning second-half performance by his country.
    Croatia
    Croatia
    Substitution
    Substitution - Out5 - Mario Mandzukic
    Substitution - In5 - Vedran Corluka
    92'
  • Corluka immediately picks up a yellow card as he slides in on Messi, denying the Argentina captain a final chance to break towards the Croatian box.
    Croatia
    Yellow card
    CRO - Vedran Corluka
    94'
FT
Argentina
Match stats
Croatia
57%
Possession
43%
10
Shots
14
3
Shots (On goal)
5
5
Corners
2
2
Saves
3
16
Fouls
22

Line-ups

23
Willy Caballero
1
Gabriel Mercado
19
Nicolás Otamendi
3
Nicolás Tagliafico
18
Eduardo Salvio
14
Enzo Pérez
14
Javier Mascherano
8
Marcos Acuña
10
Lionel Messi
14
Maximiliano Meza
9
Sergio Agüero
Argentina
3-4-2-1
23
Danijel Subasic
2
Sime Vrsaljko
0
Dejan Lovren
0
Domagoj Vida
3
Ivan Strinic
0
Marcelo Brozovic
17
Ante Rebic
0
Luka Modric
22
Ivan Rakitic
0
Ivan Perisic
5
Mario Mandzukic
Croatia
4-1-4-1

Team stats

Argentina

GoalkeepersGGCSAV
032
ForwardsGGASFCFW
00023
Maximiliano Meza
00114
54'
00100
MidfieldersGGASFCFW
00013
00031
68'
00110
56'
00004
DefendersGGASFCFW
Nicolás Tagliafico
00032
00122
00031
SubstitutesGGASFCFW
54'(Sergio Agüero)
00100
56'(Eduardo Salvio)
00000
68'(Enzo Pérez)
00101
00000
00000
00000
00000
00000
00000
00000
000--
000--

Croatia

GoalkeepersGGCSAV
003
ForwardsGGASFCFW
92'
00244
MidfieldersGGASFCFW
01011
80'
10231
91'
10314
82'
00110
57'
53'
10252
DefendersGGASFCFW
00021
00030
00000
00000
SubstitutesGGASFCFW
57'(Ante Rebic)
00000
82'(Ivan Perisic)
01111
92'(Mario Mandzukic)
00010
00000
00000
00000
00000
00000
00000
000--
000--

Team Ranks

Argentina
Match stats
Croatia
57%
Possession
43%
10
Shots
14
3
Shots (On goal)
5
5
Corners
2
2
Saves
3
16
Fouls
22