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Cape Town – All the reaction from Argentina’s humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia including from former defender Pablo Zabaleta who said he has “never seen a performance like this by Argentina”.
The Group D defeat means Argentina have just one point from two games, meaning they will probably have to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results go their way to avoid elimination.
The result left Argentinian fans in tears inside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, while Diego Maradona watched from the stands in stunned disbelief.
“I’ve never seen a performance like this by Argentina,” Zabaleta said. Never before. There was a lack of spirit and it’s very strange to see.”
Zabaleta also had harsh words for head coach Jorge Sampaoli who made four changes to his side before the clash and substituted Sergio Aguero with his side needing a goal.
“It’s really disappointing. Argentina were so poor. I wasn’t expecting that and it’s going to be very tough to get through. I can’t believe he took Aguero off, play with two strikers, we needed more people in the box.”
“Everyone is so angry back home in Argentina.”
Here Twitter reacts to Argentina’s humiliating defeat:
Brilliant from Modric but in all the years of watching Argentina I can’t remember them ever having such a poor side.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 21, 2018
— Franco Baresi (@FBaresi) June 21, 2018
— Sduduzo Masuku (@sduduzo_masuku) June 21, 2018
— Anfield Maniac (@YNWA15) June 21, 2018
Cesc Fabregas on Caballero: ‘In his defence he played for Pep Guardiola. And I know with Conte sometimes that he likes to play from the back. They always ask you to play this way. And maybe at the back of his head he wanted that, but it was not the right time today.’ #ARG? #CRO
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) June 22, 2018
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) June 21, 2018
Argentina ???? #ARG
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 21, 2018