Saturday's World Cup round of 16 matches

Saturday's World Cup round of 16 matches

Argentina will be clashing against France on Saturday.

The footage showed Sampaoli having a discussion with Messi, before bringing on striker Sergio Aguero as a substitute during the dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria that secured Argentina's passage to the last 16. The expectation was high and so far Messi was on the low, possibly immersed in dancing to Flowking Stone's song, "Go Low". Prior to 2018, Ronaldo scored one goal in each tournament.

Coincidentally, the same hotel was chosen by the Argentinian team, who were forced to make reservations there after their French counterparts booked the Mirage Hotel - the other one of the two residences in the city licensed for the World Cup. "Although you also have to rely on experienced players, but even they need the coach to tell them something, to lead the way".

Iceland, in its first World Cup, nearly made it and will remember how it held Messi and Co to a 1-1 draw.

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The Ronaldo mural was put up for the Confederations Cup previous year.

"They are a typical South American side", said Santos.

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The standout performance, of course, was the 3-0 thumping of Argentina and Modric's sumptuous goal - no Croat has scored as many goals from outside box as the midfielder - was one to remember.


The World Cup featured 122 goals in a frequently thrilling first phase and, following Argentina's near-collapse and the stunning failure of holders Germany to advance past the opening stage for the first time in 80 years, the draw is lop-sided.

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Both sides managed to progress from their groups, but without particularly impressing.

Messi has endured a hard World Cup, failing to shine in their opening two games against Iceland and Croatia.

Teams and coaches who have been heralded and praised will find themselves packing their bags in the next few days, heading home to watch the rest of the tournament on television while they try to deal with the emotions their exit will generate.

Time to say a sad farewell.

"We have to play as a team".

It was a cruel way to depart the tournament, though Senegal's coach Aliou Cissee, the youngest and only black coach at the tournament, said his team must "respect" FIFA's rules. "If not, at most you go to penalties".

Umtiti, who is expected to start at the Kazan Arena after being rested in France's last group game against Denmark, said: "I see him every day".

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