Signs bad for Messi's last chance to emulate Maradona

Argentina must understand the big difference between Messi and Maradona, says Crespo

Argentina were being held to a 0-0 draw by Croatia at halftime in their World Cup Group D match on Thursday in a scrappy game that saw chances wasted at both ends.

It can't be overstated how shockingly bad Argentina has been in the World Cup this year.

Croatia, who lead Group D after beating Nigeria in their opening game, looked increasingly composed but also faltered in front of goal, including a mis-directed header by Mario Mandzukic on the half-hour.

However, there is no basis for the claim that Messi doesn't produce his best form for Argentina.

Caballero mangled a clearance and kicked the ball toward Croatia defender Ante Rebic, who one-timed it into the net in the 53rd minute. Messi's hat-trick in the final qualification match against Ecuador ensured his team reached Russian Federation, and his seven goals made him the team's top scorer by a distance - no other Argentina player managed more than two goals in the campaign. It's the most common criticism directed at Lionel Messi - that he doesn't reproduce his Barcelona form for his national team.

"It's silly. Messi is good but he's never won the World Cup".

With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russian Federation always looked a tall order.


France ensured their place in the round of 16 by edging Peru 1-0, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe becoming his country's youngest ever World Cup scorer.

"The defeat is my responsibility because I am the coach", he said.

Australia's equalizer in the 38th minute came 31 minutes after Denmark opened the scoring with a gorgeous goal by Christian Eriksen.

Iceland's World Cup fever shows no signs of abating, with businesses announcing plans to close early for Friday's game against Nigeria. Even Lionel Messi can't keep rescuing such a disjointed and ramshackle team.

Yet here they are, winless and goalless through two matches at the World Cup. He clarified that by saying it would not be an "easy opponent" but it would be a "pressure-free match".

"I respect him and Maradona was a great player, a 'crack, ' for me", he said. "Right now we shouldn't compare these two players ... As coaches we need to realize these things and I am the one who needs to accept that".

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