Friday, 19 October, 2018

Argentina and France to meet in a clash of underperforming titans

World Cup 2018: Umtiti reveals difference between Messi at Barcelona, Argentina France vow to end Lionel Messi's World Cup dreams
Edward Snyder | 30 June, 2018, 12:16

France cruised to the round of 16 stage with much ease after registering two wins and a draw in group stages while on the other hand, Argentina stuttered in the first two games but ultimately secured qualification for advanced stages by winning the final group match.

Asked about comparisons between Mbappe and Messi, France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said it is impossible to compare the Argentina and Barcelona star to anybody else in the game.

France will be banking on Argentina's defensive struggles after the South Americans conceded five goals in three matches, notably losing 3-0 to Croatia.

Another shake-up looms for the Argentina match, with Deschamps unlikely to have teenage juggernaut Kylian Mbappe starting on the bench again or to rest Paul Pogba.

Messi offered Argentina fans a tantalising moment of brilliance with his goal as Jorge Sampaoli's men beat Nigeria 2-1 to avoid a group-stage exit. "They also have [Barcelona] team-mates whom I know well". After a shocking draw with Iceland and a 3-0 blowout loss to Croatia, the team edged Nigeria, 2-1, to advance to the Russian Federation 2018 knockout stage.

Sampaoli was unstinting in his praise of Messi, describing him as "the best player in the world" and a "genius", but preferred to focus more on the display he expected from his whole team on Saturday.




Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals.

Where and how to catch the live stream of France vs Argentina match? The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

"He just keeps scoring goals after goals". He's yet to register a shot on target at this year's World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.

"France are known for being fast, their solid passing and moving quickly from defence to attack, and we can't let them use their speed against us", he said. La Albiceleste has been under heavy scrutiny during the current World Cup campaign - and for good measure, considering how poor the team has been.

Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe scored France's victor in their 1-0 victory over Peru and Lloris said he expected the 19-year-old to shine against Argentina.

This game sounds like an absolute cracker but, if I'm being honest, it's not really.

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