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Cristiano Ronaldo  during a training session at the team’s base in Kratovo before the last 16 clash with Uruguay in which he will be up against some familiar foes. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Go on, admit it: one of the first things you thought of when the draw put Portugal and Uruguay together was the kind of thing nobody wants to see but(...)

 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 (...)

 Diego Maradona celebrates Argentina’s first goal against Nigeria. Photograph: Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared “I am fine” after fears were raised for his health following Argentina’s win against Nigeria at the World Cup. The 57-ye(...)

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 (...)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona watched his team lose to Croatia. Photograph: Getty Images

It never looked certain for Argentina. There were always questions left to answer but obscured by the euphoria, anxiety and demands of their country, (...)

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(...)

Sergio Ramos has not held back in his comments on Maradona and Carlos Queiroz. Photograph: Getty Images

Carlos Queiroz stopped on the way out of the Kazan Arena and embraced Sergio Ramos before continuing towards the bus, which was still parked at one en(...)

 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(...)

Nigeria Alex Iwobi poses with fans. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekei/AFP/Getty

What is it? The World Cup is the greatest sporting tournament on the planet - trumping even the Olympics. In its current guise it brings together 32 (...)

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