Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

France vs Argentina | 30 Jun 2018

France vs Argentina | 30 Jun 2018

Despite Messi's problems in the tournament, under-fire Sampaoli suggested his teammates had to give "the best player on earth" as much help as possible.

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Argentina scraped into the knockout stages thanks to a dramatic late win in their final Group D game against Nigeria.

One day before a match that could decide so many things - perhaps even Lionel Messi's global future - Argentina's manager was on the defensive.

The Round of 16 matches will kick-off at 10 a.m. eastern time when Argentina is scheduled to take on France.

For France, progress was more serene as they topped Group C with two wins and a draw in their three games - although many question whether their uninspiring performances bode ill for the tougher tasks ahead in Russian Federation.

The Argentina team feature their all-time goalscorer (Lionel Messi, 65) and their all-time most capped player (Javier Mascherano, 146).

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"We will have to step up our level, Mbappe has the ability to make the difference in great moments". Didier Deschamps' men dispatched Australia 2-1 in their opening game, before seeing off Peru 1-0 in their second match, despite not appearing at their best in either contest.

Messi scored his first goal of the 2018 World Cup, as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stages.

This game sounds like an absolute cracker but, if I'm being honest, it's not really.

"I see him everyday".

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said his team will have to "go beyond our limits" to defeat Argentina and progress to the quarter-finals. I've seen something from France that tells me they could click at some point, however, I look at Argentina and they are an old team.

Sport looks ahead to the eagerly-awaited match at Kazan Arena.

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