France can take a step to the knockouts by beating Peru. Australia held Denmark with the help of a VAR review, while Lionel Messi had a tough time as Argentina drew their first match, but can he lift the side against Croatia?
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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic's analysis of the World Cup game against Argentina required a double take.
He said on Wednesday that Argentina would be the "easiest game" for the Croatians in the group stage.
Dalic clarified: "I didn't say that Argentina was the easiest opponent. I said that this was the easiest game for us. We have nothing to lose. We are playing against one of the best."
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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 20 (Reuters) - Ivan Rakitic has warned his Croatian compatriots of an Argentine onslaught, enhanced by the special talent of a player he knows all too well -- clubmate Lionel Messi, when the two countries meet in the World Cup on Thursday.
"They have already dropped points and there isn’t much scope for them to miss out on more opportunities, so we expect Argentina to be very aggressive, and since they do have the best player in the world, we are aware...