Argentina will take on Croatia in a crucial encounter in Group D on 21st June at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Group D is the group of death this time with Argentina pitted against arch-rivals Nigeria, Luka Modric led Croatia and a historical Iceland side. All the four teams are as good as the other and have an equal chance of making it through to the knockout stages.
Though Lionel Messi does give Argentina the edge, their chances of making it through to the round of 16 are equal to all other teams in their group. Having been thrashed 6-1 by Spain in their last friendly, Argentina’s over-reliance on Lionel Messi has been exposed yet again. Croatia has performed well as a unit in all their big games and will be looking to make their chance count at the biggest stage.
Lionel Messi and his fan base need no second introduction. Watching him display his magical footballing skills is a treat to watch for every football fan irrespective of which team he supports. Fans will be gutted to miss out on this opportunity to watch him play for that ultimate prize, the World Cup. To make sure that doesn’t happen with our readers, we’ve got this little guide covering everything ready to keep you a step ahead.
Live Streaming Channels
The official live stream chain for Argentina vs Croatia game will be available 10 minutes before the kick-off on most of the official broadcasters’ websites. The biggest live stream will come via beIN Sports, who’ll be covering all the MENA countries, along with a few European countries including France. For the American fans, FOX Sports will be live streaming the match on its live stream channel dedicated entirely to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The fans from Asian Subcontinent nations will get a high-quality live stream of the match on Sony LIV, the official app of Sony. DirecTV will be up with a live stream of the game for all the fans in the Caribbean countries.
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The African fans will have a choice to make as Kwese Sports, Canal+, and SuperSport will all be live streaming the match on their respective websites. Same will be the case for the fans in the UK, who’ll have a live stream provided by BBC and ITV. Fans from countries where no official live stream channel is available can quickly get access to any official live stream channel via the number of VPN Gateways available on the Internet. For the fans who wish to watch the match without cable, sticky bundles like Sling TV, fuboTV, DirecTV, and PlayStation Vue are proving to be the best options.
You can access exclusive coverage of Argentina vs Iceland match here.
Time, Date and Venue
Argentina will play their second group D match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they lock horns with Croatia on 21st June 2018 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium with a scheduled kick off from 21:00 local time. The venue will be hosting quite a few games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and as of now, is in the final stages of its construction. It will have a seating capacity of 45,000 and will also be hosting one of the quarter-finals. Post the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the stadium will be used for other sports and concerts and may serve as the home ground for Russian Premier League side, FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod.
Read about Group A schedule and details.
The dilemma over Paulo Dybala’s selection looms large on Argentina’s coach Didier Deschamps. The 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Spain has drawn massive criticism for him. So far, Dybala has played a total of only 14 games and has failed to impress Deschamps with his performances. However, his performances for Juventus have been sensational, and that is making the fans demand his inclusion in the playing XI. Croatia, on the other hand, looks comparatively more settled than their opponents. Here is how the two sides may lineup if Dybala does get a nod from Deschamps.
Romero (GK); Mercado, Funes Mori, Rojo, Otamendi; Banega, Mascherano, Di Maria; Dybala, Higuain, Messi
Subasic (GK); Vrsaljko, Lovren, Corluka, Vida; Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic; Mandzukic, Kalinic, Kramaric
Official Television Broadcasters
The official broadcast for Argentina vs Croatia will start soon after France vs Peru game comes to an end. While the fans from Argentina can watch the game officially on DirecTV, the broadcast for the Croatian fans will come from HRT. Messi’s fandom is spread worldwide, especially in the Asian Subcontinent. Fans in that part of the world will have to tune into Sony ESPN to watch Argentina vs Croatia. The official broadcast in the Caribbean countries will also come from DirecTV. beIN Sports will broadcast the game to the most number of fans as it will be covering all the MENA countries. The match will be officially aired on BBC and the ITV in the UK, on FOX Sports in the US, and on Canal+, Kwese Sports, and SuperSport in Africa.
Who will win?
Last World Cup’s finalists look much more rusty and inconsistent this time around. Croatia too hasn’t had the best of results in the recent past, but look much more balanced on paper. It will be a hard fought contest which we expect will bring in a surprise for all of us. The final scoreline, as per our prediction, will read Argentina 1-2 Croatia.