France, Spain among Round of 16 favourites on World Cup odds

France, Spain among Round of 16 favourites on World Cup odds

Before the 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup, Argentina were very efficient as they did not trail at any time during the competition before the final game and they were a well-organised squad.

- France's Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele netted twice for Brazil against Sweden in the 1958 final.

I wouldn't ask for anything in return.

Tens of thousands of Argentines poured into Kazan hoping to see Messi carry an ageing side over one more hurdle after his solitary goal in Russian Federation helped avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit against Nigeria. In a way, each of Portugal's six goals scored at this World Cup have seen the record for oldest Portuguese scorer re-written, first by Cristiano Ronaldo (33), then Ricardo Quaresma (34) and now Pepe.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who once again failed to score in a knockout game at a FIFA World Cup, has commented on rumours he could retire from worldwide football.

Messi experienced the quality that Kante has in his locker first-hand during the first-leg of our Champions League tie with Barcelona last season.

Saint Petersburg: Four France goals ended Lionel Messi´s fourth World Cup on Saturday and may have brought down the curtain on an global career seemingly destined to end in disappointment. We have the best player in the world and we had to try and create situations so we could use that player, who can have really brilliant moments.

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That meant Ronaldo and his great rival Lionel Messi, whose Argentina side lost 4-2 to France, were both knocked out of what could be their final World Cup on the same day.

Spain have a bad record against host nations at major finals - they have never won in eight attempts and coach Fernando Hierro played when minnows South Korea knocked out his Spain team on penalties in 2002. I always believed that Argentina could win, these frustrations will make me stronger, and this has allowed me to learn and to grow.

Switzerland, Sweden, Colombia and hosts Russian Federation could not have dreamed of a more realistic route to the big game.

Hareide said his team would show far more thrust on Sunday.

"People think I am happy but my heart is heavy", Maradona said about Argentina's elimination.

He continued, stating: "We had a clear need and that was that we had to win".

If Denmark beat Croatia, it will be only the second time the Danes have qualified for the last eight of the World Cup, the other occasion being in 1998.