Croatian media considered on Wednesday that the loss of the team in the World Cup semi-finals to Argentina 3-0 came due to the mistakes of Italian referee Daniele Orangeo and the FIFA, which accused him of scandalous bias of Argentine star Lionel Messi.
Messi scored a goal and set up another for his colleague Julian Alvarez, as Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday, awaiting the winner of the other match between Morocco and France.
Vecernji newspaper said: “The penalty kick awarded by the referee against Croatia was devastating. First, it was incorrect, and second, it caused the team to be mentally removed from the match, and this is what made Argentina win 3-0.”
She continued: Who knows what would happen if the Italian Orsato had not blamed his wrong decision, perhaps Croatia would have played the second final in a row.
The Jutarnji network was sharper in its criticism, admitting that Argentina was better, but: look at how FIFA takes Messi’s side at the expense of others, he won a penalty kick, as well as the best player of the match, although the young Julian Alvarez scored two goals in confrontation.
She concluded: The Croats felt that they were wronged,, Even when the match ended, they wiped their tears with pride after the team’s wonderful journey, which ended with arbitration errors.