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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(...)

 France’s  and Argentina’s  Lionel Messi whose teams will meet in the last  16 clash on Saturday. Photograph: Simon Christophe/AFP/Getty

A lot of the talk at this World Cup has been about big teams underperforming and, believe me, I know all about that. In 2002 we went into the first (...)

 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(...)

France’s Ngolo Kante and Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite battle for the ball during their Group C clash in Moscow.  Photo: Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo

France 0 Denmark 0 It was with a certain wistfulness that Irish supporters saw Denmark drawn in Group C of the 2018 World Cup along with France, Peru(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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