Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 4 Lionel Messi said Barcelona were back to their best following a mid-season slump after he scored a remarkable 50th career hat-(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

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. (...)

Guido Pizarro of Sevilla celebrates with team mates and staff members after scoring his side’s third goal in their Champions League clash with Liverpool. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Sevilla 3 Liverpool 3 Liverpool owed Sevilla for defeat in the 2016 Europa League final according to Jürgen Klopp. Instead, they were transported bac(...)

Argentina Lionel Messi  celebrates with goalscorer  Gabriel Mercado during the friendly international  match against Brazil at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina 1 Brazil 0 Jorge Sampaoli enjoyed a perfect start to his Argentina reign with a 1-0 friendly win over Brazil on Friday, ending opposing coa(...)