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Argentina's forward Lionel Messi controls the ball during a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy

"We are not here to watch him play".

At a press conference on Sunday, Mascherano said the relationship with head coach Jorge Sampaoli "is completely normal".

"I am responsible for what happened", Messi said after the Iceland game, as if what happened was some kind of disaster. "An elbow is a red card in the rules". The talent is all there, but there must be a solid strategy in place and Lionel Messi must perform at the level he is capable of playing at.

Portugal will face two-time winners Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday. Earlier, Maradona was spotted supporting his team at the stadium during matches with Iceland on June 16 and with Croatia five days later.

They face Iceland tomorrow but Croatia are already through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup, having captured the attention of the planet by potentially ending Lionel Messi's worldwide career with a 3-0 dismantling of Argentina last week.

Croatia were able to pick three points up against Iceland in Zagreb thanks to a Marcelo Brozovic brace - as the midfielder scored a goal in both halves.

Argentina's struggles in Russian Federation come after their pre-tournament preparations were wrecked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on a top-heavy, limited squad.

"That's what makes it a lovely goal".

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He fell back to defend and raced forward alongside Edinson Cavani on the counterattack. We couldn't equalize, but we controlled the play.

"The important thing is the players who play tomorrow, regardless of whether they are historical players or not, will have the obligation to leave their last drop of sweat on the pitch so that Argentina can qualify".

Euro 2016 heroes Iceland can still dream of progress to the knockout rounds but they must beat Croatia and hope the other result goes their way.

The Croatia manager's bigger concern, apart from avoiding injuries and suspensions, is the risk of losing the momentum they've built up over their two group stage wins, especially after their superb victory over Argentina. "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing.

"It's very hard to compare the two generations", Dalic said.

"We don't have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go".

With just one point compared to Denmark's four, Australia need to beat Peru and hope for a favour from France.

Argentina's football association was quick to deny media reports about the future of Sampaoli, who was strongly criticized for his tactical approach and the formation he put out in Argentina's humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday. "There is nothing I can pay them for the past seasons I've been with them other than to say: "Thank you very much".

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