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Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli praised his team for their 2018 World Cup victory against Nigeria on Tuesday evening, and said that the match proved that Lionel Messi enjoyed playing for Argentina.

"I am sure France have their own plan to neutralise Leo, but we have our own plan to make his life easier - so let's see who has the best luck executing their plan". Shortly afterwards, the Manchester City striker was introduced for the final ten minutes in Saint Petersburg, replacing defender Nicolás Tagliafico.

Sampaoli's side scraped through to the last 16 after they beat Nigeria in the group stage and face a hard task against France, even if they haven't yet hit form themselves.

Sampaoli was the subject of particular scorn during the Nigeria match when, according to reports in Argentina, he asked Lionel Messi if he wanted Sergio Aguero to come on . "You put it on your leg?", to which the footballer replied, "I wanted to say thank you".

"We'll play with a knife between our teeth", he said.

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Ruben Loftus Cheek was also brought on to replace Dele Alli and the introduction of these players gave England a lift. In the end, set pieces were enough to get England the three points as both goals came from corners.

"I don't remember such suffering", said Messi when asked if it was the most tense match of his career.

Banega's instinct to shield the ball and wait for the right moment brought Messi into the match to a far greater extent and, with their talisman involved once more, Argentina duly prospered.

"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us". Let us know in the comments section below. "The boys gave absolutely everything and I wish it could have led to us going through", the Chelsea star tweeted on Wednesday.

Eriksen provided the assist for Yussuf Poulsen's victor against Peru and then opened the scoring with a superb strike in their draw against Australia.

The team representing Africa's most populous nation, making their sixth World Cup appearance, reached the last 16 when the tournament was held four years ago in Brazil.

"What is important is the whole team defends together, not just as individuals or the midfield player in his area".

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