Sampaoli: Argentina will go out with a knife between their teeth

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The Argentina coach also refuted the notion that Messi didn't enjoy playing for his country.

A relieved Lionel Messi admitted the stress at the prospect of crashing out of the World Cup at the group stages was the worst he had ever experienced after Marcus Rojo's late strike beat Nigeria 2-1 to send Argentina into the last 16. Shortly afterwards, the Manchester City striker was introduced for the final ten minutes in Saint Petersburg, replacing defender Nicolás Tagliafico.

Messi, however, is the kind of player who can make the difference at any time and Les Bleus are well aware of that.

As we approach the knock out stage at this year's World Cup, six prominent all-time records have been broken in Russian Federation, among which is the most penalties awarded in a single edition, with last night's kick by Moses taking the figure to 23.

"It's all great for the history books in Croatia but if we don't win against Denmark, when someone asks you what you did, what can you say?"

Argentina's Lionel Messi shocked the media after their win over Nigeria by revealing he wore a good luck charm given to him by a reporter.

After that Messi left and Pantorotto turned towards the camera and said, "Ma, my dear, he put the string on his leg".

"Most of us know him because either we have played against him or play with him (at Barcelona)", reserve goalkeeper Mandanda said.

After lengthy and impassioned protests from the Argentine players, Moses managed to keep his cool and slot past Franco Armani to level the scores.

"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us".

"Argentina is very strong psychologically and this will allow us to face the match with complete commitment".

"What's important is that we went through".

To honor the Argentinian football star, a group of local street painters drew a six-meter-tall portrait of Messi on a building that stands next to the Ronaldo mural.

After breezing through one of the hardest groups at the World Cup, Croatia appear to be on course to rival the exploits of their "Class of '98", who were beaten in the semifinals by eventual winners France.