Argentina drop Higuain, France revert to team that beat Peru

Milan Badelj celebrates scoring Croatia's first goal in the World Cup Group D match with Iceland in Rostov-on D

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Argentina left it late to book their place in the round of 16 in Russian Federation 2018 after a 2-1 victory against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The 31-year-old snubbed reporters as he arrived at Barcelona airport on Sunday as his partner Antonella Roccuzzo waited outside to collect him in a Range Rover.

Runners-up in 2014, the South American team were a shell of their former self and many are pointing to tactics of current coach Jorge Sampaoli as the biggest culprit of their fall from grace.

Inspiring Belgium to World Cup glory would undoubtedly be his best achievement yet.

Since then, the player who guided Argentina to their last World Cup win in 1986, has only coached two club sides: Al Wasl and Fujairah in the UAE.

But neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will have a World Cup to their name, possibly ever, after Argentina and Portugal lost their round of 16 matches on Saturday (June 30).

Trailing 1-0 to Ecuador in their final qualifier, the two-time world champions were on course to miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1970 until Messi stepped up to score a hat-trick at altitude in Quito.

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As the Argentinian anthem was played before the game against Croatia , the camera fixated its gaze on Lionel Messi . Uruguay and Portugal can be seen Saturday at 1pm et/10am pt. across the TSN Network and on CTV.

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Ferdinand, who has developed into one of the most insightful pundits around, makes a key point when he says football is a team game.

The meme's that have come out of this World Cup have been superb, and this video is certainly up there with the best of them.

After scoring the first in the 2-2 draw against Morocco, Isco will look to carry his form into the Last 16 match against Russian Federation.

Ultimately the chances of his country rest on his shoulders but in this form, Modric could help take Croatia a long way. In the group stages, 26 goals were scored after the 80th minute, of which 13, 50 percent, have been winners or equalisers. And as Messi and Ronaldo memes are breaking the Internet, some are even wondering when will Brazil's Neymar join them.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now played six knockout matches in World Cup history without scoring a goal.

Portugal were knocked out at the hands of Uruguay after Edinson Cavani's brace ensured a 2-1 passage to the quarter-finals.

The Barcelona striker has two goals in the tournament so far, with one coming against Saudi Arabia and the other against Russian Federation.

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