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 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...