Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Genius Messi a shining light for Argentina, says Sampaoli

Genius Messi a shining light for Argentina, says Sampaoli

Five Paris St Germain players could feature in the game with Argentina's Giovani Lo Celso and Angel Di Maria and France's Presnel Kimpembe, Kylian Mbappe and Alphonse Areola.

Captain Hugo Lloris says France are excited at the challenge of facing Argentina for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy, who will be in opposite camps, are set to miss out on the starting XIs when France face Argentina at the World Cup today.

"We are going to play against a team with great individual players", Sampaoli said. "He knows all the passion I put into everything I do", Sampaoli said. 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. Well, fear not. Normal life, a functioning circadian rhythm, and conversations about the weather can be shelved for another day because today we will be served more glorious World Cup football. On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals.

Like many of his compatriots, Griezmann has fallen short of expectations and, with just a goal to his name, is promising fans there's more to come.

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

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The two-time world champions looked in real danger of crashing out at the group stage before a dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria saw them through to the last 16 as runners-up behind Croatia. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an global friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

Argentina have defeated France in their two World Cup meetings (1930, 1-0; 1978, 2-1). He's yet to register a shot on target at this year's World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.

France vs Argentina will be live streamed on Sonyliv.com and Sonyliv app. France, however, has looked like a solid squad.

France's team, whose average age is 25, will be looking to awake from their recent slumber and Sampaoli, whose side's average age is 30, underlined the danger of allowing the France to dictate play.

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

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