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Lionel Messis reaction to Willy Caballeros mistake sums up Argentinas dismal World Cup

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Lionel Messi's reaction to Willy Caballero's mistake sums up Argentina's dismal World Cup
Lionel Messi was stunned after Argentina went behind against Croatia. (REX/Shutterstock)

Lionel Messis reaction to Willy Caballeros error said it all as Argentina face the prospect of being dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage.

Croatia were fully deserved winners in Nizhny Novgorod but they were gifted their opening goal following one of the worst mistakes in World Cup history.

Caballero simply had to play the ball up the pitch following Gabriel Mercados back-pass but instead the Argentina goalkeeper attempted an elaborate chip back to his teammate who had pulled out wide.

The pass fell directly into the path of Ante Rebic and the Croatia winger executed a stunning finish to punish Caballeros error.

As Croatias players celebrated, Messi cut an isolated figure near the halfway line and could be seen with his head in his hands.

Argentina goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero gestures after Croatia's Ante Rebic, background right, scored the opening goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Caballero reacts after his costly error. (AP Photo)
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks dejected during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
Messi was an isolated figure on the halfway line. (Getty Images)

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Luka Modric added a superb second with 10 minutes remaining before Ivan Rakitic added insult to injury by scoring Croatias third of the evening.

I feel sorry for Willy Caballero – I spent three years with him at Manchester City, ex-Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta told the BBC.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Messi had his head in his hands after Caballeros error. (AFP/Getty Images)
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks dejected after Croatia scored the first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Messi failed to inspire Argentina once again. (AMA/Getty Images)

It was a great chance for him at the World Cup with Sergio Romeros injury – he could have came in and showed his class.

But you cannot make those errors at a World Cup. I feel so sorry for him – but it was a huge mistake.

Argentina must now beat Nigeria in their final group game to stand any chance of progressing to the last-16 stage.

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