A reporter gifted Messi a good-luck charm after the Argentine superstar missed a penalty kick in the opening match of the tournament.
The name of Lionel Messi is on everyone's lips in the French camp as Les Bleus gear up for a seismic clash with Argentina in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday.
Midfielder Ever Banega provided a great link up with Messi, spraying an inch-perfect pass for Messi's opener whilst controlling possession with his passing ability and creativity in the middle of the pitch.
At that moment, Gonzalo Higuain and Messi were the front-two for Argentina and Sampaoli told the Barcelona star to drop deeper into a "number 10" role because Aguero was coming on.
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. "We will try to dominate the match by having possession of the ball".
"We can only think about what awaits us, but the most important things are still to come".
"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us".
They can now dream of going one better than their third-place finish in 1998, which marked their first participation in the World Cup finals as an independent nation. The 27-year-old Chelsea star has also contributed to three goals already in Russian Federation, and will be looking to add to that tally when the Red Devils go up against Japan in the round of 16.
A win would take them to a quarter-final against either Spain or Russian Federation.
"We know that, we are warned".
Denmark could have only been denied qualification had they lost to France and had Australia beaten Peru in the match being simultaneously played in Sochi. "We had several options in attack and I was just communicating to him that we'd be using one of the strategies that we'd rehearsed". "We have to do everything possible to make sure it goes well for us", said France coach Didier Deschamps.
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