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 Lionel Messi attends an Argentina  training session at the Valdebebas sports complex in Madrid  before the friendly clash with Venezuela at  the  Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Photograph: Rodrigo Jemenez/EPA

Last weekend, Lionel Messi hit a high even in the context of his ridiculous career, his name chanted by opposing fans after another astonishing hat-tr(...)

Andrew Porter and Jonny Sexton sharing a light-hearted moment during Ireland’s squad training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The question remains as to how on earth Ireland follow that. An unbeaten November, a Grand Slam and a comeback series win Down Under was always goin(...)

Stade Francais prop Ramiro Herrera is the only European-based player in Argentina’s squad. Photograph:  Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais prop Ramiro Herrera is the only European-based player in Argentina’s provisional squad of 38 players for their end-of-season matches in(...)

Kylian Mbappe   scores to put France 3-2 ahead during the last 16 victory over Argentina in Kazan. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

France 4 Argentina 3 This was surely no way for a player with a serious claim to being the best on the planet to exit the international game’s great(...)

Spain’s Andres Iniesta looks dejected after losing the penalty shoot-out to Russia. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

To think some people chose the beach on Saturday over watching France versus Argentina. These World Cup slackers may well have ended up with a tan, in(...)

 France’s midfielder Paul Pogba heads the ball with Argentina defenders Nicolas Otamendi  and  Nicolas Tagliafico during the  World Cup round of 16 match at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli acknowledged that his side simply couldn’t cope with the pace of the French counter-attacking in this afternoon’s first(...)

 France forward Kylian Mbappe  celebrates with team-mate  Antoine Griezmann after scoring their fourth goal  in the round of 16 World Cup clash against Argentina  at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France 4 Argentina 3 If Argentina paid much attention to France’s pre-tournament friendlies they might be forgiven if they made the mistake of discou(...)

Paul Pogba’s France take on Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES Saturday June 30th France v Argentina (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: France 29-20, Argentina 5-2, Draw 2-1 Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi,(...)

Lionel Messi: Wonderful goal against Nigeria showed Argentina’s star is still capable of delivering the goods on the biggest stage. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

It is now, as the Russians apparently say, about becoming a master or a deadman. And all but one of the teams that remain at this World Cup must ultim(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi during his team’s win over Nigeria. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi said that he had never suffered as much as he did in St Petersburg but insisted that he never feared Argentina being knocked out of the W(...)

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