Argentina players celebrate Messi's 31st birthday

0:23                                            France forward Olivier Giroud says it's boring that he has to always prove his worth

0:23 France forward Olivier Giroud says it's boring that he has to always prove his worth

Australia aren't in the worst spot in that regard, but they still have to find a way through a proud nation in Peru who want to win a match at their first World Cup since 1982. "So we can not give up on that dream", said Messi, who turned 31 yesterday. It's part of a disappointing global run in which Messi's only medal with Argentina came 10 years ago at the Summer Olympics.

Sampaoli, who took over a year ago with Argentina struggling during World Cup qualifying, drew harsh criticism for his tactics in the 3-0 loss to Croatia.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said Portugal captain Ronaldo, who will line up against Uruguay in the next round, should have been sent off for using an elbow in the 1-1 draw.

There is a certain Diego Maradona in Russian Federation who would only love to take charge of the team once again.

"He is a unique player, who unfortunately hasn't won the three finals he has played with Argentina and that isn't easy".

25 minutes later, Musa sealed a 2-0 win for the Africans with a wonderful individual goal which showcased the skill, speed and composure that once encouraged Leicester to make him their record signing.

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Croatia has no pressure in its match against Iceland, which must win its final Group D game in Rostov-on-Don to advance. France meet Denmark at 2am on Wednesday.

Denmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot with a victory.

According to the Daily Mirror, a group of players approached Argentina FA president Claudio Tapia to ask that Sampaoli either be sacked or give them a voice in upcoming team selections.

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

Australia need to beat Peru, also at 2am, and hope Denmark lose. "We've often said we're like a married couple".

That irked the French team, and coach Didier Deschamps said the comments were "not something particularly pleasant".

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