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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo gear up for World Cup knockout phase

July 16 2018, 04:23 | Van Peters

Argentina lucky to get this far; to go further it must do much, much better

Messi Antonella Rocuzzo

As we approach the knock out stage at this year's World Cup, six prominent all-time records have been broken in Russian Federation, among which is the most penalties awarded in a single edition, with last night's kick by Moses taking the figure to 23.

Argentina were 1-0 up at this point, before Victor Moses equalised with a penalty just after half-time.

"It is logic that having the best player in the world makes you dependant on him", he said.

Argentina will now face France in their last-16 tie on Saturday.

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.

Jorge Sampaoli's side may have disappointed, but they showed more in one game than France in three, scoring only two goals in open play.

Aguero was introduced shortly after and the situation has brought Sampaoli's authority under further scrutiny, but he insists it did not quite happen as was said.

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But Crespo - who scored 35 goals in 64 games for Argentina - said the dependance made complete sense.

Croatia secured a last-16 spot against Denmark after wrapping up top spot in Group D with a 2-1 win over Iceland, thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj and a late strike by Ivan Perisic, sandwiching a penalty equaliser from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

As Messi took his leave, Pantorotto turned towards the camera and said, "Ma, my dear, he put the string on his leg". "We had the necessary strength to fight to the very last minute", Sampaoli told reporters at the post-match press conference.

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

Following the win, Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo revealed his half-time speech spurred them on to win.

"This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way". I've seen him sad and I've seen him happy, like he was today. "We were quite confident that we would be able to go through and fortunately that came through".

But the Barcelona star abolished that myth last night when he gave an inspirational half-time team talk in the tunnel to the Albiceleste players. We knew it was going to be a hard afternoon, but fortunately we have achieved our aim.

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