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FIFA World Cup 2018 Day 8: Argentina’s agony and Croatian ecstacy the highlights of the day

Argentina have been put on the brink of an early exit by Croatia.

Lionel Messi's quest for a World Cup is hanging on a thread after Argentina were blanked 3-0 by Croatia on Friday. Argentina, despite the embarassment of riches they have among their forwards, were clueless in attack and were prone to defensive errors. It was one such error, which came directly from goalkeeper Willy Caballero, that gifted Croatia their first goal. Their captain Luka Modric scored an absolute beauty to double their lead. Argentina lost the plot after that and conceded in injury time. This means that they have to beat Nigeria in their next game and hope a number of results go their way to progress to the next round. (Source: AP)

Mile Jedinak's penalty that came due to VAR intervention, helped Australia cancel out the early lead taken by Denmark through Christian Eriksen. (Source: Reuters)

Kylian Mbappe's goal helped France eke out a 1-0 win. They are through to the next round. (Source: AP)

France's win meant that Peru are out of the World Cup. (Source: Reuters)

Argentina struggled throughout their match against Croatia and the floodgates were opened by an astonishing goalkeeping error by Willy Caballero that gifted the first goal to Ante Rebic. (Source: AP)

Captain Luka Modric doubled the lead. (Source: AP)

In keeping with Argentina's lameness, Ivan Rakitic scored a third goal to establish Croatia's supremacy. (Source: AP)