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Modric exits World Cup but shares stage with Lionel Messi

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By JAMES ROBSON
AP Soccer Writer

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Luka Modric pulled his shirt up over his face as he trudged over to the sideline. Croatia’s red-and-white-clad fans recognized the sorrowful significance of the moment and rose up to applaud the diminutive midfielder who is probably their nation’s greatest ever player. Argentina’s boisterous supporters soon followed suit at Lusail Stadium to honor an opponent who is likely appearing at his last World Cup. The midfielder was taken off the field in the 81st minute with his team trailing by three goals to effectively mark the end of Modric’s World Cup era. Croatia ended up losing to Argentina 3-0 in the semifinals.

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