Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Ronaldo vs. Uruguay

Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Ronaldo vs. Uruguay

Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Ronaldo vs. Uruguay

We'll wait to see whether France's talented but young side can click better to overcome Lionel Messi's Argentina and book a ticket to the quarter-finals.

Sampaoli, 58, said the loss had left him frustrated because the team had given everything in their effort to win the World Cup for Argentina and help Lionel Messi secure a first major title playing for his country.

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said it was not the time to "evaluate my resignation" after his team was beaten 4-3 by France and eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in the round of 16.

Many jokes poured in on social media regarding Argentina's unavoidable "pleasure" of looking at the winking Ronaldo from their hotel windows.

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The Barcelona star's simple gesture of keeping the good luck charm, let alone continuing to actually wear it after the game, will leave a lasting impression on the reporter for years to come, as well as Messi's legions of supporters who will be just as touched by the incident.

"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers".

Despite Argentina's group D travails, which included a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia, Sampaoli is confident they can defeat a France side who took seven points from nine in Group C.

"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us".

The Argentina team will stay in the Ramada hotel ahead of the game.

Sampaoli said his players lacked a "clear idea" of what they were doing but he studiously avoided taking sole blame for their confusion throughout a scratchy World Cup.

Sampaoli reportedly asked Messi whether he should bring on Sergio Aguero in their eventual 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the decisive group game.

You can see France and Argentina kick off the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup Saturday at 9am et/6am pt. across the TSN Network and on CTV. "If not, at most you go to penalties".

Maradona, who himself coached the same crop of players in the 2014 World Cup, said, "I don't believe that's possible. But we know that if we show solidarity in defence, we can stop a player like him".

The departure of Germany and Argentina's failure to win their group, have led to an unbalanced draw with the top half packed with favorites - five-time victor Brazil, Messi's Argentina, Ronaldo's Portugal, France and Belgium.

"We have complete faith in our abilities".

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