Group D match – Argentina vs Croatia on 21.06.2018 at 21:00 hrs local time will be played at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium built specifically for FIFA World cup 2018. The story so far in Group D is that Croatia is on top of the table after winning its first match against Nigeria 2 – 0 on 17th June 2018 at the Kaliningrad stadium, the victory’s half credit goes to an own goal by Etebo in the 32nd min and the second one also a penalty conceded by Nigeria in the 71st min successfully capitalized by the Croatian Captain/Midfielder Luka Modric.
Argentina is one of the top favorites and contender for the World cup 2018, they are two time champions 1978 & 1986 which also recalls the infamous goal by Diego Maradona using his hand known as “Hand of God” goal. The fans now can only hope a show of hand again in some form.Argentina are now 3rd in their group after a grieving loss of their opening game against Iceland, one could say it was due to Messi’s missed penalty shot in the 64th Minute but Maradona thinks otherwise saying that “it is the work rate” or in other words the amount of practice they need to put in, there is no room for complacency at this juncture.
Croatia on the other hand are already on the dream boat to better their results of 1998 where they made it to the semi-finals. Coach Zlatko Dalic is working on all possibilities, he however can let the boys take over as he has got some really skilled players like Rakitic, Captain Luka Modric, Mario Madzukic – striker & Ivan Strinic to name a few.
Jorge Sampaoli also has a set of big names for his strong team – Lucas Biglia, Javier Maschareno, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi. Sampaoli may be looking to improve the defense and change a few names who played Iceland. The probable options could be Gabriel Mercado, Federico Fazio. In the midfield Giovani Lo Celso could be given a go for improving attack, apart from this the feeling in the air is that they need to believe in themselves and bring the best of what they have. The best strategy would be to attack early when the Croatians may be still dwelling on their previous victory.
Astrology Prediction for the match:
The real test is only when you have played and won or fought against someone who is equivalent or better than oneself, that being said Dalic should not be relaxed on the sidelines which Messi as his team mates will make sure does happen. The game begins 0 – 0 soon Argentina can be found in good scoring positions and on or before the 12th Minute may score the opening goal. After Croatia being given the wake-up call would certainly try and score an equalizer, may even succeed in doing so.The defense will come into play as both the teams will be throwing themselves to get the lead, Argentina may come through just before half time.
In the second half Croatia will drop their shoulders after seeing the new found energy in their opponents’ and as they are at it Sampaoli will be punching in the air for the Triumph which is certain to dawn upon them. Croatia can only manage to reduce the lead of Argentina towards the closing stages, very well in to the stoppage time. This game on 21st has Argentina written all over it.