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Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina's woes at World Cup

Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina's woes at World Cup

Even victory could see them exit the tournament if Iceland beat Croatia by enough goals.

"He is one of the big names in Russian Federation who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far". It would make millions of Argentines in the world happy.

The pair have met five times in six World Cups.

It was Messi's hat trick - in the final qualifying match at Ecuador - that got Argentina to Russian Federation in the first place. It's natural that a player like him will always be in focus. He missed a penalty among 11 unsuccessful shots on goal in a 1-1 draw with Iceland before failing to make any meaningful impact in an error-strewn Argentine display against Croatia. "We are all equal, we are Mexican and we need to love each other just the way we are", said Cinthya Garcia, 26, a saleswoman. "As much as we enjoy watching Messi play, it's against us".

"For a lot of people, undoubtedly, this might be true, the historical players, or the position of certain players, or players whose performance is 100 percent to face this challenge".

Denmark is trying to advance from the group stage for the fourth time in its fifth World Cup appearance, but is without two critical players.

Forward Sergio Aguero responded in a defiant tone that Sampaoli "can say what he wants", when journalists told him about the coach's post-match remarks.

"As for certain situations, I can't clarify things that are untrue and things that don't exist".

Recalling some fond memories Musa said: "I can remember four years ago when Messi played in Brazil I scored two goals, and when I transferred to Leicester I played against Barcelona and he's on the pitch and I scored another two goals". But the tactical revolution of the early 21st century, ushered in by managers like Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp showed us that the right tactics can help small teams beat the big boys. Then he had a frustrating game in the 3-0 loss to Croatia.

After beating the Super Eagles 2-0 and La Albiceleste 3-0 to secure passage to the round of 16, Dalic has announced his intention to leave out six players at risk of incurring a yellow card suspension, including Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic.

And there are others who are pointing the finger at Messi, accusing him of lacking leadership. We are going to try and improve that.

It's a convenient argument when applied to most forwards, but Messi is unique and beyond comparison with all current players except Ronaldo.


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