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Sampaoli's team drew the first three qualifiers of his reign, but Messi scored a hattrick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in the final match to send Argentina to Russian Federation.

Always been tipped as a future victor, the 26-year-old is entering the peak of his career and a World Cup title, along with his domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain holds him in good stead. "He has to do more", the coach said after the Australia game.

Newspaper Clarín attributed "40 sins" to Sampaoli, including "never fielding the same side two matches running" and "arguing with his assistant (Sebastián) Beccacece in front of the players".

This has been a thrilling World Cup so far, featuring drama and quality and gripping storylines on a daily basis.

He struck twice in an opening win over Tunisia before bagging a hat-trick in his next outing and is the key figure for a youthful England side.

"It's good to score in such a game because there's no better place than the World Cup to show your qualities".

Sampaoli said his players lacked a "clear idea" of what they were doing but he studiously avoided taking sole blame for their confusion throughout a scratchy World Cup.

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Like the rest of the 42,000 fans in the stadium, Maradona was put through the emotional wringer by a game that pulsated from one end of the pitch to the other.

After scoring the first in the 2-2 draw against Morocco, Isco will look to carry his form into the Last 16 match against Russian Federation.

Argentina opened their campaign with a disappointing draw against Iceland before a 3-0 defeat against Croatia.

Boosted by the equaliser, Jorge Sampaoli's team started the second period brightly and were duly rewarded with a second goal three minutes after the restart. Who that is at this Round of 16 stage is still a wild card - as is if Brazil's superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior will be joining Messi and Ronaldo on catching a flight home.

Lukaku scored a brace against Panama and then a brace against Tunisia, and he is in great form heading into Belgium's knockout tie against Japan.

Later on Saturday, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay battle reigning European champions Portugal as slim +180 chalk, while Sunday's action has Spain taking on host nation Russian Federation as a heavy -180 bet, and the surprising squad from Croatia clashing with Denmark as -120 favourites.

Aguero celebrates scoring a goal.


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