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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said his tactics are to blame for Lionel Messi's poor form at the 2018 World Cup.

Messi didn't get a single shot off in a defeat that pushed Argentina to the brink of elimination.

These are the things that can happen in footbaootball legend Davor Šuker believes Argentina are favourites against his country in today's Group D Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup game due to the presence of Lionel Messi but states they will go into the game without fear.

Messi's teammates have rallied around their superstar captain after his disappointing performance against Iceland.

At the time of writing, Messi and Argentina's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as they face a talented Croatia team in the second round of group play. "But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity", added Aguirre, in reference to Argentina's 1-0 defeat by Germany in the 2014 final.

Messi also missed a penalty kick in his team's opening 1-1 draw against Iceland.

Croatia clinches a place in the Round of 16 with the victory, but Argentina must beat Nigeria by a large margin in its next game to survive the so-called "Group of Death". "When he scores, all Argentines celebrate, so when he misses, we can't jump on him alone. that's too easy a way to think", Sampaoli said on Wednesday.

Argentina have a wealth of attacking talent but they are over reliant on Messi. Lionel Messi and company were shocked and destroyed by Croatia, 3-0, thanks to goals from Ante Rebi, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. "I am extremely hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn't understand the match the way I should have". "The plan against Croatia did not work out", the Argentina boss said after the game.

Australia fell behind in the seventh minute when Denmark's star man Christian Eriksen fired home a fierce half volley, after being set up by a sublime flick from Nicolai Jorgensen.

Yet here they are, winless and goalless through two matches at the World Cup. "We are at the World Cup, and in the first round we saw a number of surprises".

Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.


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