Lionel Messi fans ecstatic as Argentina enters round of 16 — FIFA WC

Hope Soto
June 30, 2018

Argentina's World Cup campaign has been turbulent to say the least, but their manager insists he is not about to bow out.

But, speaking on the eve of that second-round clash with France, Sampaoli said: "I remember that point in time but everything I say to my players is personal and I will not divulge what was said".

The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage.

Midfielder Ever Banega provided a great link up with Messi, spraying an inch-perfect pass for Messi's opener whilst controlling possession with his passing ability and creativity in the middle of the pitch.

"What's important is that we went through", said Messi, who had been cheered on by compatriot Diego Maradona watching from the stands, along with a massive following of passionate and loud Argentine supporters.

However, Sampaoli said the conversation was "not how it was characterised". We are in the process of imposing an Argentinean style of play.

The Argentina forward missed a penalty in his nation's first group game of this summer's competition against Iceland, which they drew 1-1, before going missing in their 3-0 defeat by Croatia.

In the video that has gone viral, shows the reporter asking Messi if he wore the lucky charm after Argentina won the match.

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"After the game, the analysis will follow the result".

"After the penalty we got nervous and were anxious about not going through, but we were very happy at the end", he said.

"Today they were able to win against a very tough opponent". We knew it was going to be a hard afternoon, but fortunately we have achieved our aim.

The former Chile and Sevilla coach survived, but still there are suggestions he will not be allowed to retain his post after the World Cup.

His club team mate Samuel Umtiti, however, believes that Argentina's talisman is different from the player he is for Barcelona. "I am very happy to be here and fight every day".

After the game, Rojo said he was inspired to greatness by superstar of superstars Lionel Messi, the team captain and leader.

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