Jorge Sampaoli vows to 'come back stronger' after turbulent World Cup campaign

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Jorge Sampaoli defends his decision to chop and change his side throughout the World Cup following Argentina's exit at the last-16 stage.

First, France beat Argentina 4-3 in a thrilling encounter in Kazan to send the two-time champions home.

It remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old will play at another World Cup following another dismal display by Argentina in Russian Federation.

And amid speculation he could retire from worldwide football for the second time in his career, Messi did not stop in the post-match mixed zone.

Javier Mascherano has announced he's retiring from the national team after Argentina was eliminated from the World Cup in Russian Federation on Saturday. "Now I'm one more fan of the national team".

The Albiceleste scrapped into the last 16 of the World Cup after a dramatic win over Nigeria, and Sampaoli appeared to ask Messi for permission to bring on Sergio Aguero as they sought a late victor. If France counter-attack it will not be good for us.

Sergio Aguero scored in the dying moments of the game to pull Argentina within a goal, but it was too late. There were plenty of emotions on display, as players from both teams paid respect to a legend.




There were ten goals scored today, the most on a day of knockout football at the World Cup since 17 June 1970, when two semi-finals produced 11 goals.

The pressure of trying to match Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is following Argentina star Lionel Messi wherever he goes.

Prior to Saturday, Uruguay had not conceded a goal at the World Cup, but Portugal ended that run when Pepe levelled the match in the 55th minute.

There was hope for a last minute penalty kick for Portugal, but the referee ruled that there was no handball by the Uruguayan defender, and there was no video review made by the VAR officials.

Uruguay moves on to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010, where they will face France.

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

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