Bad news for Messi, Argentina as Croatia threatens rotation
Updated : June 24, 2018 04:31 PM IST
Dejan Lovren raised the likelihood of Croatia resting players for its last group game against Iceland, as much to protect the six who are threatened by suspension via an accumulation of yellow cards than to rest anyone ahead the knockout stage.
Croatia's first-choice lineup is full of stars playing at Europe's top clubs, such as Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) and Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), but the back-ups have had little exposure at major tournaments.
With back-to-back wins, five goals scored and none conceded, Croatia has been one of the most impressive teams in Russia — so much so that some are starting to talk of Dalic's side as an unlikely world champion.
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