Argentine Football Manager, Jorge Sampaoli begged for forgiveness from Argentina’s fans on Thursday after a 3-0 win by Croatia left Lionel Messi’s World Cup dreams hanging by a thread. Second-half goals from Ante Rebic — the first from a horrendous error by Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero — Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory for the European side and ensured their passage into the last 16.
A contrite Sampaoli said the rout was his fault entirely and apologised to supporters left in tears in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium on the banks of the River Volga. “First and foremost, I would beg for their forgiveness, especially those who came great distances to see Argentina,” said the softly spoken Sampaoli.
“I am responsible for this result but I was as dreamy-eyed as the fans.” The Group D defeat means Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites and defeated finalists in 2014, are on the brink of a humiliating first-round exit. They have just one point from two games and will certainly have to beat Nigeria in their final outing to have any chance of avoiding elimination.
Twitter reacts to the Croatia 3-0 win after Argentina’s humiliating loss
Messi is a Goat when playing for Barcelona but a Sheep when playing for Argentina 😭😭 #ARGCRO
— DaT AkWa IbOm Gee👊🇳🇬 (@ClintonViceB) June 21, 2018
— Mad E'Leine 🧙♀️🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) June 21, 2018
#ARGCRO the same Messi who took Argentina to the final in 2014 is being crucified today. What fuckery is this. Goalkeeper made mistakes, defenders made some errors, some players didnt score when they had a chance and all you do is to attack this guy. Fuck that pic.twitter.com/CottneJYub
— Saaz Saida RSA🌐 (@MaximumRSA) June 22, 2018
Argentina 0 – 3 Croatia
Messi depressed, fans cried, Argentina in deep trouble now
— YourFootballHub (@football_welove) June 22, 2018