Isolating Messi aided our victory – Modric

Mazino Dickson


Croatia’s creative midfielder Luka Modric says ‘isolating Argentine star man Lionel Messi was crucial for his team’s victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Speaking after Croatia’s 3-0 bashing of Argentina, Modric said team work was crucial.

“I don’t want to comment too much on other players’ games. We’re happy with how we’re playing,” Modric said.

“This result and Argentina’s poor display was due to our good game, our compact block all over the pitch, especially when we didn’t have the ball. 

“In the first half when Argentina had the ball we cut off Messi, he’s the most dangerous player. We cut off the passing lines, we wanted to stop Messi receiving the ball and that’s how we cut out their creativity. They had one or two chances but from our mistakes.

“We missed three clear chances but everything opened up in the second half, particularly after Caballero’s mistake. We scored two more beautiful goals and we won deservedly.”

Croatia now top their group with 6 points and 6 goals scored.

They virtually assured of a second round berth.