For Messi another failure will mean more comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo not going his way but considering everything that has happened that simply isn't fair.
"They [Iran] went out to waste time, whereas we like to win in a different way", he said.
In Group D, Croatia has six points and sits pretty in first place.
"He is the best player in the world and clearly it is impossible that a single player changes the situation of a match completely".
AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from Russian Federation for reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute, though coach Zlatko Dalic said the AC Milan man had a back injury. "Of course this win will boost our confidence, but let's keep our feet firmly on the ground".
"Argentina wasn't confused. We were excellent", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. "We should be focused on what awaits". The Argentines also lost in the last two Copa America finals.
Australia's equalizer in the 38th minute came 31 minutes after Denmark opened the scoring with a gorgeous goal by Christian Eriksen. This result would give Iceland two points and Nigeria one point heading into the final day.
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Sampaoli surprisingly announced his team to face Iceland at a news conference 24 hours before that fixture, before claiming the move was not a sign of disrespect towards the Group D debutants.
"Messi can't be the only guilty one".
The Croats played with five midfielders and seemed to close down any possible space.
"The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us". He clarified that by saying it would not be an "easy opponent" but it would be a "pressure-free match".
"I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. You can look at all he has achieved as a player for his club and his country", Sampaoli said. We have to concentrate on the remaining 22 players.
"Leo is limited because the team doesn't gel ideally with him as it should".
Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.