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What Lionel Messi and Argentina need to qualify for World Cup knockout stages

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Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after a dismal defeat to Croatia on Thursday night.

Argentina were well beaten 3-0 by Croatia and have just a single point from two games. They look set for an early exit from the tournament in Russia.

However, it’s not quite over yet and there’s still an outside chance they could make it through to the knockout stages.

Here’s what they need to happen in the remaining games:

It’s been shambolic stuff from Argentina so far and you if they do get through you suspect they won’t last long. It just doesn’t seem fair to see Messi’s World Cup ending like this.