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Simeone appeared to call into question the true quality of Argentina’s usual talisman Lionel Messi who has had a minimal impact at tournament in Russia. ― Reuters pic

Simeone slams Argentia 'anarchy', takes jab at Messi

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals".

Daria also said that her team of bakers was constantly in touch with the footballer's representative about handling his sculpture, which they placed on top of the mouth-watering cake.

Reports indicate that coach Sampaoli could be kicked out of the team.

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A hard-working Croatia side took the lead when Rebic spectacularly hooked the ball over his shoulder into the roof of the net in the 53rd minute after being teed up by a botched clearance from hapless goalkeeper Willy Caballero. "Come on", Messi said.

Zabaleta, who was part of the team that reached the 2014 final, believes the Barcelona star could call time on his global career should they fail to progress to the last 16. "My question is: If you had to choose between Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo for a normal team, who would you choose?"

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It meant they arrived in Russian Federation with a 4-0 win against 104th-ranked Haiti in May as their only outing since an ominous 6-1 loss to Spain in March. Argentina faces an early World Cup exit after picking just one point from two league matches.

"The performance was shameful and the farewell is closer with each game,"he said".

Lionel Messi is yet to score a goal in this tournament and even missed a penalty against Iceland in Argentina's first game. "Never before. There was a lack of spirit and it's very unusual to see".

Argentina went into this game with the hope of them getting a win after drawing their first match against Iceland, but they were embarrassed by Croatia who were superb in this tie.

He added that Sampaoli now has a crucial task now to rebuild his team's confidence ahead of Tuesday's crucial game against Nigeria.

It's not particularly interesting simply to say Argentina is bad. "In the next three days the coach is going to have a very important role and the players have to believe". "Ronaldo is able to play with a certain amount of freedom that Messi frankly doesn't have because he's already cemented his place as Portugal's best-ever player".

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