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 Messi  after scoring his team’s first goal against  Nigeria  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It was only 24 degrees in Moscow when day 13 got under way with France v Denmark, leaving us all wondering what it must be like to live in a temperate(...)

Argentina’s Marcos Rojo celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi during the 2018 World Cup Group D clash in St Petersburg. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 1 Argentina 2 And so, when it came to it, when it seemed that all was lost, Argentina’s hero appeared. His name, this time, was Marcos Rojo. (...)

Antoine Griezmann’s France take on Denmark on Tuesday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

GROUP C Denmark v France (Moscow, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Denmark 4-1, France 23-20, Draw 7-4 Australia v Peru (Sochi, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV 4). Bettin(...)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi waits to kick off after Croatia scored their opener in their 3-0 victory. Photograph: Getty Images

So many things are wrong with Argentina we do not know what is wrong; so much is happening no one knows what is happening. You could start an article (...)

 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(...)

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