Lionel Messi not running the show, says Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli
30 June, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Isabel Grant
While Messi produced only one, albeit sublime moment during the first three games, Ronaldo has inserted himself into the Golden Boot race with four goals on his tally heading into the knockout stage. "Portugal defend with all their players and it will not be different".
'We have to play as a team. "We need to be very united to stop them". He's become a more efficient goal-scorer of late, one who calculates every movement to devastating effect.
Aguero set up a tense finale when he headed in from close range in the third minute of stoppage time, but it was not enough to prevent Argentina - and Messi - from crashing out. It was only in the final group match that Marcos Rojo and talisman Lionel Messi fired La Albiceleste into the round of 16.
The unbalanced nature of the knockout phase increases the chances of an unlikely team reaching the semi-finals - and of the big guns cancelling each other out.
You hoped - no football fan will be unable to admire the Argentinian's extraordinary talents - that goal against Nigeria, where two delectable touches and a flawless finish, would reignite Messi's tournament; that the goal would be the catalyst for the little magician to turn on the style, like he does so often for Barcelona; that France would be the ones who would face his wrath next in the last 16.
However, Sampaoli says the conversation was "not how it was characterized".
Indeed, the Barcelona star missed a penalty against Iceland, and was anonymous as Argentina crumbled to a historic 3-0 defeat by Croatia. "It's often he who has prevented them from losing".
Talk of another World Cup seems unlikely for Messi, who has previously retired from the national team before donning the blue and white stripes once again. There is not a single player that can contain him there.
"We have complete faith in our abilities", said Sampaoli.
Lionel Messi, centre, eyes the ball during training. We knew what we wanted to do.
Argentina have been criticised for their reliance on Messi, although it was Marcos Rojo who scored a late victor against Nigeria Tuesday. Just one game stands between putting them on one pitch.
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It was a risky strategy - a second goal for Poland or a Senegal equaliser would have eliminated them - but it ultimately paid off. It's the first time since 1982 that no African team has made it through to the knockout stage.
The Colombians were forced into an early change and brought on Luis Muriel for James Rodriguez on 30 minutes. It means there is no African country in the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
The Socceroos have benefitted from strong play by central midfielder Aaron Mooy, who scored their tying goal against the Danes. André Carrillo was Peru's best player in the defeat to France and poised a real threat on the wing.
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England are now top of the group, despite the two countries having the same number of points, goal difference and goals scored. Lingard had a superb game, scoring a world-class goal and showing typically exquisite movement off the ball.
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