Messi planning could hurt France

Dull Danes and flat French play out mutually beneficial 0-0 draw

As France look to underperforming striker Antoine Griezmann to lift his game, Sampaoli underlined a bigger threat in 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Kylian Mbappe, who struck France's match victor in a 1-0 win over Peru, and 21-year-old Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

Lionel Messi is the third Argentinian player to have scored in three different World Cup tournaments, alongside Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002).

Saturday's star-studded 2018 World Cup showdown between Argentina and France is must-see material.

Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The model also knows Argentina didn't qualify for the Round of 16 until the final minutes of its third game. Argentina, meanwhile, appeared dead in the water after a shocking draw against Iceland and a crushing defeat from Croatia before finally rallying in their final match to beat Nigeria in a thriller and advance to the next round in dramatic fashion. "He's got outstanding qualities", he said, according to the Daily Express.

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Argentina have won the World Cup twice (1978, 1986), France once (1998). The teams will score at least one goal apiece, so bettors should take the over.

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This World Cup notwithstanding, France has lost just once in its last 15 matches.

The coach said France's characteristics of quick ball recovery and pace on the break through Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud would make them particularly risky if Argentina were unable to dominate possession.

"We want to control the game throughout, if we don't I am sure it will become a very physical game, which will not suit us at all". I've seen something from France that tells me they could click at some point, however, I look at Argentina and they are an old team. France is a young team, which is not an excuse - it is the reality. That win did not stop the criticism under Sampaoli, and now this will be the team's biggest challenge: to face a true contender, one filled with world-class players on both ends of the pitch.

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