In the final matches for Group D, Croatia went head to head with Iceland, who were coming off a 2-0 loss to Nigeria and were looking to right the ship.
If Iceland was able to get a single goal in the back of Croatia’s net, they could potentially end up in 2nd place in their group. However, the Icelandic underdogs were sent home packing after their 2-1 loss to Croatia, who seems to continually improve as the World Cup unfolds.
The Fiorentina player, Milan Badelj, was able to score the first goal for Croatia and give them the lead in the 53rd minute.
In a turn of events, an unfortunate handball inside the penalty box gave Iceland a breath of fresh air and some life in the match. Iceland’s Sigurdsson converted the penalty kick and things were locked up once again at 1-1 all with only 20 minutes remaining.
Badelj would later be able to send a ball into Perisic in the 89th minute and despite a very difficult angle, Perisic was able to bury the ball in the back of the net making the end result 2-1 and placing Croatia back on top of Group D.
Though Iceland put up a valiant fight, it still wasn’t enough to get the win over the Croatian squad who are 1st in their group and are set to face an emergent Denmark in the Round of 16.
At long last, Lionel Messi was able to score for “La Albiceleste” and Argentina was finally able to get a decent win over Nigeria in Matchday 3.
In Matchday 3, the sweet sound of goal was able to ring loud in the mouths of Argentinian fans everywhere. The much-awaited arrival of Lionel Messi’s scoring presence made its’ debut against the Nigerian squad and ultimately led to the win over the Super Eagles.
An attractive looking goal from Argentina’s talisman opened up the score in the 14th minute as Messi’s team took the lead. With the lead, Argentina would be able to move on to the next round and leave Nigeria out of the competition.
However, in the 51st minute, Victor Moses was able to bury a penalty kick that was given to them by Mascherano, who committed a foul inside of the penalty box. With this goal, Argentina and Nigeria were at a stand still 1-1 draw result.
One of the main reasons why Argentina performed better in this match than in their former matches, is because they were able to overcome the penalty and score again against the “Super Eagles” in the 87th minute. This heartbreaking result for Nigeria would remain for the remainder of the match.
Argentina needed this win along with their decent performance in Matchday 3 to, ultimately, prove to their fans that they are able to take control of a game and be as dominant as everyone has expected them to be. While they are not quite there yet, I believe they are working their way towards a certain rhythm that they will have by the Round of 16, more or less.