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Croatia crush Argentina 3-0 to reach knockout stage

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia: Classy Croatia handed Argentina a 3-0 drubbing to claim a place in the World Cup knockout stage thanks to goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday. Rebic seized on a gaffe by keeper Willy Caballero to open the way to victory for the Balkan side before a superb strike from outside the area by captain Modric 10 minutes from time with Rakitic putting the icing on the cake in added time. Twice champions Argentina face a struggle to reach the last 16 even…

Poland beat Ukraine to advance for first time

MARSEILLE, France: Poland can prepare for a European Championship last-16 meeting with Switzerland after Jakub Blaszczykowski's crisp, second-half goal beat already-eliminated Ukraine 1-0 on Tuesday to send them into the knockout stage for the first time.