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World Cup Day 8: France through, Croatia routs Argentina to advance

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FOUR THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY'S ACTION

Croatia is through: We'll get to what's on everyone's minds in a minute, but let's give all the credit to Croatia, which thoroughly deserves to go through to the knockouts with two wins, and one match to go against Iceland next Tuesday. Both teams had great opportunities -- and great misses -- at each end of the pitch through the first 50 minutes, but Croatia's Ante Rebic, on a rather poor giveaway by Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero -- the backup keeper at Chelsea -- buried a bullet from 15 yards away in the 54th minute, and that amped up the pressure on a certain striker from Rosario. Croatia managed to thwart Lionel Messi, crowding him when he tried to get into the penalty area, and when Argentina did get in -- like the way Gonzalo Higuain motored in and centered to Messi -- Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic was there to deny. And it wasn't until the last gasps of the 80th minute when Luka Modric delivered a curler from 19 yards to give Croatia insurance. Ivan Rakatic ended it in second-half stoppage time.

Argentina is in serious trouble: They were finalists in Brazil four years ago,