Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

"It was hard. Portugal had more possession and were often in our half of the pitch, and it would have been better for us to have more of the ball and play the game closer to their goal".

A comprehensive defeat to Uruguay provided a reality check but Russian Federation and striker Denis Cheryshev will be roared on by much of the 80,000 crowd in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and they see no reason to fear Andres Iniesta, Isco and Diego Costa.

Former Argentina footballer Diego Maradona on Friday praised the former Brazil global Ronaldo and said he would have been the best player ever if his career was not hindered by injuries.

"He's very important to Uruguay..." "Ronaldo is very good people".

Portugal showed more urgency after going behind, equalizing through Pepe in the second half, although Schmeichel said the game saw the best and worst of the former Real Madrid defender. "They have never scored like that before", the 63-year-old said ruefully.

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The Argentina team will stay in the Ramada hotel ahead of the game.

Spain and Portugal tied with five points each and had the same plus-one goal differential, but Spain won the group because it scored one more goal over the three matches.

Cavani used that space well, curling home from the edge of the box for what proved the victor. The Brazilian legend tweeted to the Frenchman: "Congratulations, @KMbappe, 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company". Rui Patricio was on the line, and also he got a bit carried away, he was a bit too far to the right.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure during the entire match and could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played. "It's always a strong team to play against". "Ronaldo huffed and puffed, but there was nothing really in that", Schmeichel said of the closing stages against Uruguay.

Messi provided assists for two goals at the Kazan Arena but the 31-year-old was otherwise subdued in the "false nine" role and his fourth and possibly final crack at winning the World Cup was destined to end in disappointment.

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