Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Umtiti believes Barcelona's Messi is not the same in Argentina

Umtiti believes Barcelona's Messi is not the same in Argentina

Argentina had a roller-coaster ride in the group stages as unusual tactics, ineffectual play, an unpopular manager and terrible chemistry saw them only pick up one point from their first two games.

France have never beaten Argentina at a World Cup or in any competitive game.

Six Argentina players (Ever Banega, Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Marcos Acuna and Nicolas Otamendi) and three France players (Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso) are one booking away from a one-match ban. It is going to be a great match and we hope to answer the call to continue with our (World Cup) adventure, ' Lloris said at a press conference, broadcast by FIFATV on YouTube. "They also have [Barcelona] team-mates whom I know well". 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 also has to deal with the weight of a whole nation expecting him to win the World Cup in what is likely to be his last shot at the biggest trophy in football.

Argentina have gone past the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002.

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Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) reacts after Croatia scored their third goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018.

"He just keeps scoring goals after goals". He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0).

The FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Argentina Round of 16 match will take place on June 30, 2018. On the performances so far these are the two sides I can't see winning it. France, however, has looked like a solid squad. France enters this marquee matchup at +135 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on a French victory to win $135.

We don't trust Argentina to shut out France, nor do we expect Les Bleus to deny the South Americans the goals they covet dearly. France is a young team, which is not an excuse - it is the reality.

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