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FACTBOX-Soccer-Argentina v Croatia

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - Argentina play Croatia in a World Cup Group D match in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.

Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Capacity: 43,319

When: Thursday June 21, 2100 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET)

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan

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* Argentina began their World Cup with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland that included a missed penalty by Lionel Messi. Croatia comfortably beat Nigeria 2-0.

* This could be Messi's last World Cup given he is now into...

PREVIEW-Soccer-Argentina's Messi seeks redemption against dangerous Croatia

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By Andrew Cawthorne

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, Argentina's brilliant forward and captain Lionel Messi would love to make amends in their World Cup Group D match against Croatia on Thursday.

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...

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli plans big changes for World Cup match with Croatia

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Recap all the key storylines from the third day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.
Argentina were denied the win as Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson saved Lionel Messi's penalty.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels it's time for Lionel Messi to relinquish penalty duties as his miss resulted in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.

BRONNITSY, Russia -- Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is planning major changes to his team for the South Americans' next World Cup match.

In the team's first training session since a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland, Sampaoli tried a different tactical approach on Monday, with an eye toward the clash against Croatia on Thursday.

He tested a system with three central defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico. Mercado was replacing Marcos Rojo, who put in a poor performance...

Argentina should drop Angel Di Maria, add creativity to midfield vs. Croatia

Editor's note: This was originally published by ESPN Argentina. Read it here.

MOSCOW -- Argentina's 1-1 draw against Iceland in their World Cup opener left them with at least three certainties: They can (and need to) play much better; doubts persist regarding key positions; and "this is just the beginning," the phrase that has become the motto of both players and coach alike.

While the tie at Spartak Stadium is not a complete disaster, it confirmed that Argentina's group is not as simple as...

 By Ian Darke

Germany, Argentina, Spain and Brazil learn World Cup won't be easy

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

ST. PETERSBURG -- All those World Cup previews are proving -- not for the first time -- that predictions can make fools of us all. Who would have thought, for example, that Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina would play their first games and not muster a win between them?

First impressions can be misleading, of course. In 2010, Spain lost their opener against Switzerland but went on to lift the trophy; four years later, Italy started with a win against England but failed to get out of the group...