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 Argentina’s  Lionel Messi waits to kick off after Croatia scored their opening goal during the  World Cup Group D clash at  at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.  in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

It was close to midnight in Russia when Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina’s anguished coach, made his way from the wreckage of the team dressing room to face (...)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says somebody on the Argentina team needs to “stand up and fight”. Photograph: Reuters

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said Argentina look lost and have no leadership after the 3-0 loss to Croatia which left them on the verge of a di(...)

Croatia’s defender Domagoj Vida challenges Argentina’s Lionel Messi in Nizhny Novgorod. Photograph: Getty Images

Day Eight and Martin O’Neill was on ITV berating Australia for allowing Christian Eriksen the freedom to roam and arrive in the box unmarked before in(...)

Luka Modric will be key for Croatia against Argentina on Thursday night. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP C Denmark v Australia (Samara, 1.0, RTÉ/ITV) Betting: Denmark 19-20, Australia 7-2, Draw 12-5. France v Peru (Yekaterinburg, 4.0, (...)

 Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland saves  Lionel Messi’s penalty during the 1-1 draw in Moscow.  Photograph: EPA

Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Sometimes you hit a wall, and Iceland make a bigger wall than most. The trials of Lionel Messi in the national shirt of Argenti(...)

“Messi is two, three players at once,” Javier Mascherano once said. Above, Lionel Messi of Argentina. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

“Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I find Messi’s goals on YouTube and watch them on a loop,” the acclaimed Argentinian film-maker Lucrecia Martel sai(...)

The 2018 World Cup could prove to be Lionel Messi’s defining tournament. Photograph:  Agustin Marcarian/Getty

Argentina - 9-1 Croatia - 44-1 Nigeria - 200-1 Iceland - 200-1 The Contenders Argentina might be the clear favourites, but Group D is a potentially (...)

Bundee Aki at Tuesday’s Ireland Rugby press conference, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems safe to presume that no Ireland player will have more familial support on this tour than Bundee Aki, but the way he tells it, this comes(...)

Dennie Bergkamp scores his wondergoal in Marseille. Photograph: Georges Gobet/Getty

Bobby Moore never got a bathmat wet in his life. Mike Summerbee, who sometimes shared a room with Moore on England trips, said he was “the only man wh(...)

Cameroon’s François Omam-Biyik celebrates his goal against Argentina. Photograph: David Cannon/Allsport

Of the great World Cup upsets - the USA’s victory over England in 1950, North Korea’s over Italy in 1966 and Algeria’s over West Germany in 1982 proba(...)

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