Argentina press conference by Ever BANEGA and Jorge SAMPAOLI

Argentina press conference by Ever BANEGA and Jorge SAMPAOLI

Argentina press conference by Ever BANEGA and Jorge SAMPAOLI

Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli.

Messi's wonderful first half goal inspired Argentina's revival after a disastrous 3-0 defeat in their second game in Russian Federation, with their dramatic 2-1 win in their last Group D match setting up a second round clash against France on Saturday. Argentina have made it to the Round of 16 and will face France on Saturday.

It had been an impressive half from Argentina but the game was to take a twist shortly after the interval, as Victor Moses successfully scored the equaliser for Nigeria from a penalty, before Marcus Rojo netted the winner in the 86th minute.

It was his pinpoint ball over the top from midfield to pick out Messi that led to Argentina's opener in the 14th minute and he bailed out the hapless 34-year-old Mascherano, who looks well past his prime, on more than one occasion.

It was the fifth time in the last six World Cups that Nigeria had faced Argentina in the opening round, and their losing record continued with the narrow 2-1 defeat.

But the Barcelona star abolished that myth last night when he gave an inspirational half-time team talk in the tunnel to the Albiceleste players.

In the video that has gone viral, shows the reporter asking Messi if he wore the lucky charm after Argentina won the match.

People have said he doesn't enjoy playing for Argentina.

"They are a very complete team".

Much to the joy of the fans, skipper Lionel Messi carried his country over the line in a 2-1 victory at Saint Petersburg.

"But we all know they have a player who is capable of everything". We wish him all the best for the rest of the World Cup.

I said before the game that he was going to score a goal and that Messi would score twice for all the people who were saying bad things about him.

"Well, I remember that point in time, but everything I mentioned to the players is personal and I don't think it's for the public domain, it was a simple exchange I had with a player", Sampaoli said. Otherwise, we'll suffer because we have the best player in the world and the other players need to benefit from that.

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