Wednesday 24 April 2019

WATCH: Argentine TV stage a moment of silence to lament their World Cup nightmare

Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in danger of being knocked out of the World Cup (Pavel Golovkin/PA)
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in danger of being knocked out of the World Cup (Pavel Golovkin/PA)

Argentine television served up an usual response to their side's World Cup misery, as they staged a moment of silence to greet their national team's 3-0 defeat against Croatia on Thursday.

Jorge Sampaoli's side have come under fire from all observers after their woeful performance against the Croats, with the TV reaction summing up the mood of a glum nation.

Meanwhile, former Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has suggested the Argentine nation will be angry by their side's efforts in Russia, but he offered words of sympathy for star man Lionel Messi.

"I just feel so sorry for Lionel Messi," he told the BBC. "This was his last chance to win something with Argentina - so I wouldn't be surprised to see him retire from international football after this. He will be so disappointed and it is another four years until Qatar.

"People in Argentina will be angry. It’s hard for me to say but they were really poor. Especially in the second half. They were so predictable and they didn’t create anything – so many mistakes.

"They looked so frustrated in the last 15 minutes, just kicking people around. And it was tough, it was really tough for the Argentinian people.'

When asked whether Argentina had ever turned in an more inept World Cup performance that they managed against Croatia he added: "No. No. No I cannot remember to be honest, a performance like that I can’t remember in a long time."

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