Jaws dropped when Willy Caballero gifted Ante Rebic a free shot at goal as Argentina faced Croatia at the World Cup.
It took 53 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, but the South American side paid for their slapdash defending as Rebic’s strike rippled the net.
From there it was all Zlatko Dalic’s side, with Luka Modric thumping home a thunderous strike to make it two before Ivan Rakitic coolly slotted home to put the result beyond doubt.
But for all of Argentina’s faults fans do not want to see one of the greatest footballers of all time in Lionel Messi heading home so soon.
They’ll need some help from other results, however, starting with Nigeria vs Iceland.
So what needs to happen for Argentina to progress?
- Firstly, Iceland need to either draw or lose to Nigeria.
- Secondly, Croatia need to then beat or draw with Iceland.
- Thirdly, Argentina need to win their last match, against Nigeria.
There is still a small chance that the Albiceleste can progress if Iceland beat Nigeria, but Argentina would still need to beat Nigeria themselves and see Iceland lose to Croatia – in this scenario it would go to goal difference.