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Hernan CRESPO on Argentina: "Who helped MESSI against Iceland?"

Croatia V Nigeria

Ronaldo opened his World Cup campaign with a stunning hat-trick against Spain, while Messi failed to produce the goods for Argentina who drew 1-1 with Iceland.

"It hurts me to have missed the penalty, because it was the decisive advantage", Messi said after the game.

Former Argentina football manager Osvaldo Ardiles is of the opinion that it would be an understatement to say that Argentina had a very poor first game.

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018.

It will be a joy to play against one of the best teams in the world.

Messi's fourth career World Cup goal and third goal of the 2014 tournament came in another triumph, this time in a 3-2 contest against Nigeria where Messi scored in the 3rd. "We didn't do a single short one".

"We are a young team, we are learning and I hope in the next game against Iceland we will do much better". There was luck there but we earned it.

The manager said, "It was a hard match against an excellent opponent. We have things to improve, we're going to beat Croatia". "We were disciplined and we deservedly won".

The Croatian players would like to take the opportunity in Russian Federation to prove them worth being called "golden generation", said Croatian captain Luka Modric during a pre-match press conference in Kaliningrad on Friday.

"Corluka is important for us, he did not play because of our style of play, but we start preparations for Argentina tomorrow and will check the condition of the players". You know you have been working for the past four years and you play a little bit of it in 90 minutes. To get the latest soccer news, text "SPORTS" to 22840.