Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis

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       Argentine TV hosts held a minute's silence after their 3-0 defeat to Croatia 0:29 Argentine TV hosts held a minute's silence after their 3-0 defeat to Croatia
Isaac Mcdaniel | 26 June, 2018, 08:45

And Maradona, who managed Argentina at the 2010 World Cup and was in attendance as they fell to defeat on Thursday, says he would "love to hold a meeting" with the current team and invite former players to inspire the struggling side.

"Tomorrow we need to play the first of five finals". "We know that this will be a hard battle".

Argentina played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opening Group D clash before following that up with a comprehensive 0-3 defeat dealt at the hands of Luka Modric's Croatia.

Held by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina's Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup campaign could already have been all but over, but the 1986 winners have one final shot at salvation against Nigeria on Tuesday.

But for all of Argentina's faults fans do not want to see one of the greatest footballers of all time in Lionel Messi heading home so soon.

"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it". He has found little joy so far in Russian Federation, missing a penalty against Iceland before he was unable to influence the match completely in Argentina's 3-0 defeat against Croatia.

After beating the Super Eagles 2-0 and La Albiceleste 3-0 to secure passage to the round of 16, Dalic has announced his intention to leave out six players at risk of incurring a yellow card suspension, including Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic.

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However, when they made the trip to Reykjavík, a last-minute Hordur Magnússon goal helped Hallgrímsson's side to a victory over Croatia in a tightly contested qualification game.

"I think that match was complicated for Leo, the structure of the game didn't favour him and he didn't get a lot of balls from the midfield", Sampaoli told a pre-match news conference at Krestovsky Stadium after being informed his star man enjoyed fewer touches of the ball than goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

"My players can read, they can listen", Deschamps said.

"Our defenders must be tired of Musa's threat, he is a good player and you remember he scored two goals against us the last time we met", Franco said. "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing.

He is also just the second African player to register two goals in two World Cup matches since Cameroon's Roger Milla in 1990. But the 1998 generation is a benchmark, we remember them fondly. They're going to defend, and they're going to do it as a team for the entire game.

Australia used a 1-1 draw against Denmark to remain in contention for a spot in the round of 16, and Peru has already been eliminated.

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