Jorge Sampaoli

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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(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric  scores his team’s second  during their Group D match with  Argentina  at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty

World Cup: Argentina 0 Croatia 3 - June 21st, Nizhny Novgorod Every World Cup has its moment of sporting catastrophe. In 2014, all the planning, mone(...)

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’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(...)

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(...)

 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. (...)

 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 (...)

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