Comrade of the Day: Matchday EIGHT

22 June 2018, 12:52
Life After Football

It's still not Messi.

A disastrous tournament for Argentina really began to unfold on Matchday Eight as the two-time winners were put to the sword by a Luka Modric-inspired Croatia. Not for the first time in our Comrade of the Day series, it's been hard to pick just one player from the standout team of the day.

Croatia were well-drilled and put in what was a near-perfect team performance. Argentina will have their critics and deservedly so, but where they made errors the Balkans were there to capitalise and did so in style. Willy Caballero made a namesake of himself with his error, but the quality of the Rebic's volley has gone somewhat understated.

Modric, though, Croatia's captain and number ten, is our Comrade of the Day. The four-time Champions League winner is surely now, the greatest player to ever come from his nation and at times, it seems he even saves another level of performance for when he represents those in red and white checkerboards. It was a change strip last night for Hrvatska, but there was no change in Modric's usual dynamic play.

His was the goal of the game as, with the score at just one-nil, you felt like Argentina could sneak back into it. But with ten minutes left and a foot on the ball, 25 yards from goal, should he keep possession or should he shoot? He thought about it for no more than a second as he first shifted left, then shift right onto his stronger foot. 

With one strike of his gifted right foot, he whipped the ball from range into the net and cued scenes of pure joy for the whole of Croatia. The goal of the game for our Comrade of the Day. Messi now has only once more chance at glory, himself.

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