Croatia captain Luka Modric has fired shots at Italian referee Daniele Orsato for his performance in Croatia’s defeat to Argentina on Tuesday.

Croatia lost a chance to be in a back to back World Cup final, losing to 2014 finalist Argentina 3-0.

Despite being on the front food for the first half-hour, Croatia conceded a game changing penalty when Dominik Livakovic was judged to have fouled Julian Alvarez inside the box.

The legality of the spot kick has created diverse opinions from professionals and fans of the game.

Modric is of the opinion that the penalty should not have been awarded.

“Argentina was a fair winner of the game, they were better, they deserved to win, but these things have to be mentioned, I generally don’t do them, but today they have to be done,” he said.

“I don’t like to talk about referees but this is one of the worst. I don’t have a good memory of him, he’s a disaster. For me it wasn’t a penalty.

“Despite this, I don’t want to detract from Argentina. The penalty killed us. We have to recover for the third place play-off and win that game.”

Fellow midfielder, Mateo Kovacic argued both decisions were big mistakes on the referee’s part.

“Both situations seem incredible to me, first that he did not give a corner and then that,” the midfielder added.

“I never talk about the referees, but they are huge errors and it cost us.”