France vs Argentina | 30 Jun 2018

30 June, 2018, 12:15 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Argentina‚Äôs Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal against Nigeria at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg

Sergio Aguero led the line in the first two games, against Iceland and Croatia, before Gonzalo Higuain got the nod in the last group game as Argentina finally picked up three points.

"We've studied their group games, which gives us an indication, but we know players like Messi can step up his own level and decide the fate of the match, as he does with Argentina and Barcelona".

Argentina have won their two World Cup encounters with France, back in 1930 (1-0) and 1978 (2-1).

After Argentina's victory over Nigeria, Sampaoli headed to the dressing room without celebrating alongside his players, but Lionel Messi went over to hug his coach before he departed in a show of unity with the under-fire manager.

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"This player is outstanding so we have to take a number of precautions", the former World Cup-winning captain said.

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France vs Argentina is the most anticipated match of the World Cup Round of 16. Sampaoli came under huge fire after Argentina drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first match in Russian Federation and were thrashed 3-0 in their second by Croatia, all amid reports of unrest in their camp.

Argentina have gone past the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002.

Argentina's talisman burst into life against Nigeria, scoring a brilliant goal in a 2-1 win to help the Albiceleste seal qualification after a disastrous start to the tournament. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an global friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0. Les Bleus have conceded just one goal in the tournament in Russian Federation and that came on a penalty kick.

"Argentina called me to play for the team even though I wasn't starting for Benfica".

Mbappe, 19, scored France's victor as they beat Peru 1-0 on June 21 in Yekaterinburg. That win did not stop the criticism under Sampaoli, and now this will be the team's biggest challenge: to face a true contender, one filled with world-class players on both ends of the pitch. They look like a exhausted team and that's why I'm going for France.

"When you play Argentina and Messi, there are several ways to limit his impact, at least".

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