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Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

Ronaldo's World Cup exit is down in large part to the talents of Uruguayan strike duo Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani - the latter of whom scored a stunning double in Sochi.

Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguyans but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances.

Samson Siasia, former Super Eagles' Coach- could not hide his feelings about Lionel Messi, following the Argentine's unimpressive outing in the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation.

However, the pair have again failed to add an elusive World Cup to their trophy-laden cabinets, after Messi's Argentina were defeated 4-3 by France in the last 16 in Russian Federation on Saturday, followed shortly after by Ronaldo's Portugal, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay.

Messi only scored once in Russian Federation and is still yet to net in the knockout stages of a World Cup.

World Cup 2014The first of those three final defeats came on the biggest stage of all and by the finest of margins in Brazil four years ago. "We are aware of what you are referring to in terms of previous matches", FIFA's chief competitions and events officer Colin Smith said on Friday.

"I'm very happy, and it's flattering to be compared to a great player like Pele", said Mbappe, born a few months after France won the 1998 World Cup.

Widely considered one of the greatest players ever, the Barcelona star is still looked upon unfavourably by many in his homeland compared with Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986. "He is their leader, their captain".

Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russian Federation that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-time former champions.

"There is another tournament starting in September and of course we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the younger players grow", Santos said.

"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence".


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