Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

Victory sent Argentina into the knockout stages at the expense of their opponents and the manner in which they achieved it, scoring a late victor when all looked lost, offered a much-needed boost after the struggles in their first two games. But he also inspired his team off the pitch and showed a level of leadership unseen in previous matches, dragging his side through after a shocking group stage display.

Both Argentina and Portugal are playing their last-16 games on Saturday, knowing that they will meet each other in the next round if they win their respective matches.

With the score at 1-1, Nigeria thought they should have had a second penalty when Rojo headed the ball onto his arm inside the area.

"The players who helped write the history of football have a part to play", Smith said.

Argentine news outlet TYC Sports filmed Sampaoli speaking with Messi prior to Aguero's substitution, with the Barcelona superstar nodding his head in response to a question, believed to be "Lo pongo el Kun?"

"When Leo came and hugged me I felt very proud and happy because he knows I am passionate every single day".

Lionel Messi hasn't enjoyed the best of World Cups to this point.

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The Real Madrid star, who has four goals in Russian Federation and looks certain to be crowned world player of the year for a sixth time, will come up against a tight Uruguay defense that did not concede a single goal in the group phase.

Messi, 31, netted his first goal of Russian Federation 2018 in Argentina's decisive 2-1 win over Nigeria Tuesday.

"This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way".

Sampaoli said his team would summon more aggression against France, one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation.

While Senegal's KAS Eupen right-back Moussa Wague became Africa's youngest World Cup goal scorer ever, the man who equalised for Japan in the 2-2 draw, Keisuke Honda, became his country's oldest scorer at 32.

"This is going to be a big match, and a hard one, we are going to have to step up our level".

Umtiti, who is expected to start dicey encounter after missing out of Les Bleus last group fixture against Denmark, revealed that stopping the Argentina's star is no easy task.