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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

Key stats:

* 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...

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Croatia's Nikola Kalinic sent home after declining to enter as substitute

The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.

Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup because of an injury, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Monday.

Dalic said in a statement that he had asked Kalinic to come on as an 85th-minute substitute in the 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday, but the AC Milan forward declined after warming up, citing a back injury.

Croatian media reported that Kalinic had been axed for his refusal to play, suggesting he was not happy to be left of out of the starting XI.

Dalic revealed that Kalinic...

 By Reuters

Croatia boss asks Ivan Rakitic for advice on stopping Argentina's Lionel Messi

The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
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.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic says he will turn to his Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic for ideas on how to stop Argentina's Lionel Messi in Thursday's Group D match between the teams.

Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 in their opening game on Saturday while Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in what is one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

Messi had a penalty saved in that draw and Dalic wants suggestions from Rakitic on how best to frustrate his Barcelona teammate.

"Of course, Rakitic will...

By ESPN Staff

Luka Modric: Croatia win puts pressure on Argentina to win Group D showdown

The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric believes his team's 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday turned up the heat on Group D favourites Argentina.

Modric scored a second-half penalty to secure the win after Croatia went ahead through a first-half own goal by Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

The result left the European side top of the group ahead of Iceland and Argentina, who drew 1-1 draw earlier in the day.

Crotia face Argentina next on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, and Modric said their respective...