France vow to end Lionel Messi's World Cup dreams

Francia pendiente de Messi Dinamarca se las verá con Croacia en octavos

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If a manager's demeanour in front of the cameras is an indication of the state of his team then France risk staring into the void. If Dembele and Mbappe play, they will be very fast for sure. "You only have to look at his statistics - 65 goals from 127 matches - to know everything".

The Manchester City defender returned as a second half substitute in the 0-0 draw against Denmark after missing the opening games against Australia and France. It's Lionel Messi and company against Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and a talented French team.

"The Argentineans are tough on him, but he can not do everything on his own". Can they live up to the expectations around them? That includes the full-back duo of Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe. "But their team is highly experienced, we talk about Messi, but [Javier] Mascherano has lots of caps, so is used to the pressure". But in Kante, they do have the best defensive midfielder in the world.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has denied that star player Lionel Messi is dictating issues such as substitutions.

Messi finally got off the mark in this year's World Cup with a glorious goal in the massive 2-1 win over Nigeria, ending 622 minutes of World Cup football without a goal and becoming the first player to score a World Cup goal in his teens, 20s and 30s.

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When and what time is the round of 16 match between Argentina and France?

Sampaoli has made a fair few big changes after their disappointing performances but this would be very sudden and surprising.

The entire side will be available with the exception of Enzo Perez.

What will be the likely lineups in France vs Argentina match?

This will be their 12th meeting across all competitions. Bet on Argentina to win.

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Two of France's games during the current World Cup have seen under 2.5 goals scored.

Argentina have won the World Cup twice (1978, 1986), France once (1998). On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals.

But despite their inability to find their rhythm as a team, they have more than enough players to win them games on individual quality and their first two games are a testament of that and this could help them to have a good run in the tournament.

We could be in line for a high-scoring affair, but recent form and overall talent give France the edge. "If you've played against him already, you may be aware of some situations that repeat themselves".

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