Monday, 19 November, 2018

France v Argentina 29 June 2018

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| 30 June, 2018, 15:52

France vs Argentina Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 Live Streaming: France's chance against Argentina in the World Cup last 16 might be that Lionel Messi does not benefit from the same support with the national team than at Barcelona, his club team mate Samuel Umtiti said on Thursday.

Didier Deschamps' France, meanwhile, among the pre-tournament favourites, have looked sluggish despite easing through the group stage unbeaten. Antoine Griezmann will be playing as the second striker or a false 9.

"A whole new competition begins now, direct elimination", Deschamps said.

We got what we wanted.

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi underlined his importance to Argentina with a sublime opening goal against Nigeria on Tuesday.

However, they resuscitated their campaign by snatching a late victor against Nigeria to win 2-1 in their last match and finished with four points as runner-up in Group D.

"When you play Argentina and Messi, there are several solutions to limit his impact".

The tension of the win over Nigeria had 1986 World Cup victor Maradona grimacing towards the sky with a crazed look in his eyes.

Argentina and Messi's performances are under scrutiny too.

Adding to that, France have lost just one of their last 11 knockout stage games (excluding penalties) at the World Cup!


"We can't compare him to Messi", said Lloris. The latter was arguably the most famous, as a Diego Maradona double inspired them to a 3-2 win over West Germany in what is - even today - thought to be one of the greatest World Cup finals ever.

Two years after losing to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final, a star-studded but underperforming French side desperately need to find their form and fluency against Argentina if they are to avoid an early exit.

He has also faced criticism for his decision to announce he was staying at Atletico Madrid, rejecting Barcelona's advances, in a slickly produced 40-minute video which aired on the eve of France's opening game.

"He's fine, he's fine".

"It is our commitment to fair play that has got us through", Tashima told local media after Japan moved on to face Belgium next week.

Les Bleus should have the measure of Messi, according to Marius Tresor, the former France defender who helped Les Bleus to a fourth-place finish at the 1982 World Cup.

And Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris knows Messi could have a big part to play in deciding who progresses. He is expected to be sidelined due to a muscle injury.

Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker who rescued Les Bleus with the match-winner in a shaky 1-0 victory over Peru, is also expected to start at Kazan Arena, where France were lucky to beat Australia 2-1 in their group opener.

N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba will be back together in the midfield after the Manchester United star was rested for the draw vs Denmark. Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Lemar will be on the flanks.

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