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World Cup stars mostly stifled, with 1 Portuguese exception

22 June 2018, 02:23 | Susie Olson

Argentina must understand the big difference between Messi and Maradona, says Crespo

Referee Damir Skomina and assistants Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Ra

Jorge Sampaoli revealed his starting line-up early ahead of Argentina's opening World Cup game , but the coach insists he has not yet decided on the XI to face Croatia on Thursday.

For Messi another failure will mean more comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo not going his way but considering everything that has happened that simply isn't fair.

These are the things that can happen in footbaootball legend Davor Šuker believes Argentina are favourites against his country in today's Group D Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup game due to the presence of Lionel Messi but states they will go into the game without fear.

1 p.m. ET, France 1, Peru 0 (Final): France is on the move at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but the soccer world will miss Peru.

Fortunately for Argentina, the squad will still have a chance to sneak into the knockout round, barring a massive rout in Friday's Iceland-Nigeria game - but Messi's team will have to play much better in its group stage finale than it has so far in Russian Federation.

And throughout it all Messi, arguably the world's best player, remained a peripheral and largely ponderous figure, briefly flashing to life on too few occasions.

"After they scored on us, we were emotionally broken", Sampaoli said.


In the first game of the day, Australia kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive with a 1-1 draw against Denmark in Group C.

With all the pre-match attention on Messi it was his Real Madrid counterpart Luka Modric who provided the game's true flashes of genius.

"I won the World Cup in 1978, Maradona in 1986 and Messi is yet to do that. I am extremely hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn't understand the match the way I should have".

France is through with the six points, while Denmark and Australia are still alive.

" It is not easy to play against them, but our players have to enjoy the match. The plan against Croatia did not work out", the Argentina boss said after the game.

France, who edged past Australia 2-1 courtesy of an Antoine Griezmann penalty and an own goal in their Group C opener, vowed to ramp up the intensity against Peru in Yekaterinburg. "As coaches we need to realize these things and I am the one who needs to accept that".



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