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The Argentina coach also refuted the notion that Messi didn't enjoy playing for his country. Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli.

The group stage of the tournament was not as tough for France, who defeated Australia 2-1 in their opener, before a 1-0 victory against Peru guaranteed them advancement in Russian Federation.

The Real Madrid star, who has four goals in Russian Federation and looks certain to be crowned world player of the year for a sixth time, will come up against a tight Uruguay defence that did not concede a single goal in the group phase.

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Held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland and thumped 3-0 by group winners Croatia, Argentina were hanging on by a thread coming into the Nigeria match, having proved they were vulnerable in defence and struggling to get Messi on the ball.

Uruguay's coach, Oscar Tabárez, at 71, became the first manager to appear in four World Cups with the same team and Mexico defender, Rafael Marquez became only the third player in the history of the tournament to appear in five editions.

As the drama unfolded in St Petersburg, Iceland was simultaneously fighting with all its Nordic might for a win over the Croats in Rostov-on-Don that could have sent them through.

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Argentina's poor start to the World Cup prompted a reporter to pass along a good-luck charm to the team's superstar striker, Lionel Messi.

"Argentina is very strong psychologically and this will allow us to face the match with complete commitment".

Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses says he was more than devastated after the national team failed to progress to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Later in the day, Senegal fans were spotted picking up empty bottles and plastic snack containers after their 2-1 win over Poland. Similar scenes were witnessed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, even after they were defeated 2-1 by Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast.

"It is so clear, everyone can see that it was a clear handball and it is supposed to be a penalty", said Ogundeji. "We make important decisions in games and I was simply explaining it, that we would use a strategy we had; using more attacking players". "They are among the very best contenders and we will need to be very consistent to come out on top of a very hard match". "I am very happy to be here and fight every day".

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