NIZHNY NOVGOROD — Croatia defeated Argentina by 3-0, a loss to latter that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining.
Croatia advanced to the round of 16 with six points from two games in Group D.
Argentina’s defeat to Croatia didn’t just endanger its long-held hopes of winning this World Cup, it threw its immediate survival into grave peril and beyond the control of Messi’s skill and willpower.
It was Argentina’s worst loss in group play in 60 years. Argentina has only one point and will next face Nigeria on Tuesday in St Petersburg.
If Iceland beats Nigeria in a clash between Group D’s other teams on Friday, Argentina will need a miracle to advance at the World Cup.
Messi, who turns 31 on Sunday, failed to get even one shot off against Croatia on Thursday. Five days earlier he missed a penalty in the team’s opening 1-1 draw against Iceland.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.