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Argentina and France to meet in a clash of underperforming titans

30 June, 2018, 12:15 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi

As France look to underperforming striker Antoine Griezmann to lift his game, Sampaoli underlined a bigger threat in 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Kylian Mbappe, who struck France's match victor in a 1-0 win over Peru, and 21-year-old Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

"He is different with Argentina than with Barcelona", Umtiti said during the lead-up to the Round of 16 match, according to Reuters.

The opening match of the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup will kick off in spectacular fashion.

For Argentina, the man to watch is once again Lionel Messi.

"We are going to play against a team with great individual players", Sampaoli said. "They also have [Barcelona] team-mates whom I know well". Sampaoli came under huge fire after Argentina drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first match in Russian Federation and were thrashed 3-0 in their second by Croatia, all amid reports of unrest in their camp.

In addition, the playmaker has to cope with the expectations of his countrymen, who are banking him to come home with the World Cup, it is looking like his last opportunity to lay claim to the $20m worth trophy. On both occasions, they reached the final, losing it in 1930 and winning in 1978.




Argentina lead 6-3 against France in worldwide tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies.

But with Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo racing ahead in the scoring charts on four goals so far, and England's Harry Kane on five goals in just two matches, Messi risks finishing this World Cup with a whimper.

Di Maria is yet to score in Russian Federation but does have 19 global goals. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0).

Where and how to catch the live stream of France vs Argentina match? He's yet to register a shot on target at this year's World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.

"We have two completely different styles but I have faith we will impose our own style and dictate the pace and rhythm of the game". This move would also allow France to accommodate another player instead of Giroud. On the other hand, you have an Argentinian attack with so much quality that Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala regularly find themselves on the bench.

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