FIFA World Cup 2018: Argentina's kabaddi team hits out at country's football coach Jorge Sampaoli after Croatia loss
Argentina succumbed to a 0-3 loss to Croatia who moved to the round of 16. It was their worst World Cup group stage defeat in 60 years as the the misery compounded with the great Diego Maradona watching their show from the stands.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Dubious selection, jaded performances stand out in Argentina's 3-0 loss to Croatia
What we saw on Thursday from Argentina was an exhibition of Carlos Bilardo’s 3-5-2 version of anti-futbol without the football. It was a watered-down derivative, a pauper’s show of philosophy.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Jorge Sampaoli's tactical errors relegate Lionel Messi to sidelines as Argentina stare at early exit
Manager Sampaoli's tinkering has left this Argentina side feeling lost; a bumbling bunch which supplicates its saviour — Lionel Messi — at the slightest hint of trouble.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Focus on Lionel Messi as Argentina play Croatia; France take on Peru, Australia lock horns with Denmark
Messi's teammates have rallied around their superstar captain after his spot-kick was saved in the 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland on Saturday, and the Barcelona star will look for a redemption of sorts against Croatia.
Injury-plagued Juan Martin del Potro said on Tuesday that he expects to be fit for Argentina's "dream" Davis Cup final in November after the thrilling victory over holders Great Britain.