Defiant Sampaoli facing Argentina exit after World Cup shambles

Defiant Sampaoli facing Argentina exit after World Cup shambles

When the 2020 World Cup rolls around, Messi will be pushing 35.

"I believe that we should start to fine tune this because now in the stage of the World Cup the yellow cards count a lot".

"Those who with great effort came to Russian Federation to encourage us".

The current Pichichi of the World Cup is England striker Harry Kane with five goals. While Messi grew increasingly despondent as N'Golo Kante thwarted his every move, keeping his contribution only to assists and nothing close to match-defining, Kylian Mbappe was confirming that his name will soon be filling Balon d'Or ballots for a decade or more.

Portugal missed a crucial shot in stoppage-time and there were calls for a handball against Uruguay in the penalty area after goalkeeper Rui Patricio went up for a corner in stoppage time, but it was not given.

Spain midfielder David Silva said his side will be treating the match "as if we were playing against Brazil".

Perhaps if the former Juventus man keeps up his good form on the biggest global stage he may be able to help his side go all the way.

The 33-year-old was unable to stop Portugal from exiting the World Cup on Saturday as they lost 2-1 against Uruguay, leading to questions about his future with the nation.

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The goal has probably been replayed millions of times and it just doesn't get old.

"We tried our best and we played a good game". Neither Messi or Ronaldo have done that in Russian Federation.

Yet, pushing on through, defying expectations, Russian results, more miracles or just sheer effort at the Beautiful Game, two teams will meet on July 15 for the final and there will be only World Cup victor.

None of this is to take away from the ability and careers of these two titans of the game.

A Copa America quest is to be taken in on Brazilian soil in 2019, while another qualification campaign will need to be successfully negotiated if the Albiceleste are to be back in the hunt for World Cup glory at Qatar 2022.

Even in their swansongs, they gave us something special to remember them by.

Olajire said: "Instead of returning to Nigeria, the Super Eagles players have been returning to their respective bases one after the other".

The 57-year-old, who managed his nation at the 2010 World Cup, has been a constant presence in Russian Federation this summer, with his weird behaviour attracting plenty of attention - he even required medical attention after Argentina's thrilling win over Nigeria.

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