Lionel Messi not running the show, says Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli

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After a rough start to his 2018 World Cup campaign, Lionel Messi has settled in a bit, showing off his otherworldly abilities with his opening goal against Nigeria on Tuesday that helped Argentina secure a spot in the knockout round of the tournament.

After breezing through one of the hardest groups at this World Cup, Croatia appear on course to rival the exploits of their Class of '98, who were beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winners France.

Lionel Messi's superb touch and right-footed finish put Argentina in front in Saint Petersburg, before Javier Mascherano gave away a second half penalty, allowing Victor Moses to score past debutant Franco Armani.

"He is a really key player for Denmark", Dalic said.

Messi's importance on and off the pitch is so monumental, that there are even reports that he was asked by Jorge Sampaoli whether or not he should bring Sergio Aguero on, before deciding to sub the Manchester City striker in minutes later.

"It is so clear, everyone can see that it was a clear handball and it is supposed to be a penalty", said Ogundeji.

"We have suffered a lot", Messi said.

The 31-year-old was being interviewed after the Iceland match, when Argentine reporter Rama Pantorotto from Telefe Noticias offered him a lucky charm. Let us know in the comments section below.

"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us".

"What is important is the whole team defends together, not just as individuals or the midfield player in his area. We have to do everything possible to make sure it goes well for us", said France coach Didier Deschamps.

As the drama unfolded in St Petersburg, Iceland was simultaneously fighting with all its Nordic might for a win over the Croats in Rostov-on-Don that could have sent them through. The 27-year-old Chelsea star has also contributed to three goals already in Russian Federation, and will be looking to add to that tally when the Red Devils go up against Japan in the round of 16.

But as midfielder Ever Banega's ears finally pricked up and his face turned inquisitively to the man sat next to him, I got the sense that particular issue could well be unaffected by Saturday's result.

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