Croatia advanced to the Round of 16 for the second time in their history after cruising to victory over Argentina by 0-3.
The eastern Europeans were content to sit back in the first half, aware that Jorge Sampaoli’s side had the greater need to attack.
Though Argentina tried to take the initiative and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, they were unable to convert it into chances, with Sergio Aguero and a visibly ill-at-ease Messi largely anonymous. And when the South Americans finally carved out a clear-cut opportunity, Enzo Perez contrived to shoot wide with the goal gaping.
Taking full advantage of Argentina’s lack of composure at the back, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic both scored to compound their misery.