Sampaoli not revealing Argentina XI to face Croatia

22 June, 2018, 02:24 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli again lauded Lionel Messi as the best player in the world on Wednesday and suggested the forward has faced "unfair" criticism following his costly failure to convert a penalty in their World Cup opener against Iceland.

Lionel Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russian Federation may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize.

"But it's just not working out for him internationally", said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans began to arrive for Thursday's game against Croatia. It was to be Argentina's only shot of the half - and their best chance all evening.

Croatia took the lead after a horrendous blunder by Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the 53rd minute, the stopper chipping a clearance straight to Rebic who lashed home a thunderous volley. Their latest ad featuring two of world'd greatest footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are at the centre of it all.

The fact that Croatia is the only Group D squad with a victory thus far - a 2-0 shutout of Nigeria - makes it all the more crucial for Argentina to walk off the field Thursday with a win in tow.

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. Argentina probably shouldn't have been one of the favourites but with their history and one of the world's best players everyone automatically expects more of them than they should. He's the country's top-scorer ever, with 64 goals in 124 games, and was the main reason they reached three finals in the last four years. The win puts the Croatians into the next stage, while the two-time World Cup champs are looking at an early exit.

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Croatia has advanced with six points from two matches in Group D, while Argentina has only one point and is facing elimination.

Football Federation boss said: "I do not want to talk about Kalinić".

Before the match, Dalic said this was going to be Croatia's "easiest game".

All of these matches are available on fuboTV (Try for free).

"I think the tournament is over for him", said van Marwijk. We have to concentrate on the remaining 22 players.

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