sport news Things you missed from World Cup day eight: Modric mimics Man Utd goal

Well, what a fantastic day of World Cup football that was for any England fan familiar with a little something called the 'Hand of God'.

Argentina are on the verge of heading home after being humbled by Croatia while Australia did themselves proud with a draw against Denmark. We've had more VAR controversy, a dejected-looking Lionel Messi and a player getting booked for literally kicking someone in the head. 

Sportsmail has had its eye on events on and off the pitch in both matches and now brings you the best of the things you missed from day eight of the World Cup 2018. 

Croatia's Ante Rebic celebrates scoring their first goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina

Croatia's Ante Rebic celebrates scoring their first goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina

The follow-through

Croatia were 2-0 up and sailing towards a shock victory over the great Argentina, so tempers were bound to flare up at some point. However, it was hard to imagine just quite how much they would.

Nicolas Otamendi, clearly frustrated with his team's display, took the opportunity to kick Ivan Rakitic extremely close to his head while he was down on the floor. With the ball in front of his foot, the Manchester City star clearly thought he could get away with it by following through with a pass.

More shockingly, the defender was shown a yellow card and not even the Video Assistant Referee thought it was enough of an infringement to change it to a red. Not that it matters as Otamendi's World Cup is pretty much over anyway.

Nicolas Otamendi takes his chance to kick Ivan Rakitic close to his head while he is down

Nicolas Otamendi takes his chance to kick Ivan Rakitic close to his head while he is down

Rakitic's head is thrown back after the ball hits him in the face as he lies on the floor from a foul

Rakitic's head is thrown back after the ball hits him in the face as he lies on the floor from a foul

The Croatia and Barcelona midfielder fortunately escapes injury in the shocking incident

The Croatia and Barcelona midfielder fortunately escapes injury in the shocking incident

Otamendi tries to ruffle more feathers as he squares up to Croatia defender Dejan Lovren 

Otamendi tries to ruffle more feathers as he squares up to Croatia defender Dejan Lovren 

Otamendi is shown a yellow card and the Video Assistant Referee allows the decision to stand

Otamendi is shown a yellow card and the Video Assistant Referee allows the decision to stand

They should have seen it coming!

Luka Modric's beautiful curling effort is likely to compete for the goal of the World Cup, but Argentina could have prevented it if they had done their homework.

The diminutive playmaker scored an almost identical goal against in the Champions League five years ago.

On that night, he ended Sir Alex Ferguson's dream of winning one final European title before retirement. On Thursday, he may have put paid to Messi's dream of winning the World Cup. 

Luka Modric curls a delightful effort into the Argentinian goal to double Croatia's lead

Luka Modric curls a delightful effort into the Argentinian goal to double Croatia's lead

A new World Cup benchmark... for referees

If there was to be a record set in Argentina's match against Croatia, you would expect the five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi to be the one to do it. If not, at least then one of the players. But it was actually the referee claiming this accolade.

Ravshan Irmatov may not be a name many people in Europe recognise, but the Uzbek referee made history on Thursday by becoming the first man to officiate 10 World Cup matches.

Notably, he was the man in charge when England drew 0-0 with Algeria in South Africa eight years ago. You know, when Wayne Rooney moaned about the England fans live to millions of... England fans.

He's also taken charge of two quarter-finals and one semi-final. At just 40 years old, Irmatov has plenty of time to add to his record. 

Ravshan Irmatov (right) took charge of his tenth World Cup game, Argentina's tie with Croatia

Ravshan Irmatov (right) took charge of his tenth World Cup game, Argentina's tie with Croatia

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