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Di Maria's goal canceled out Antoine Griezmann's early penalty to equalize for Argentina just before the break while Pavard's in the 57th minute leveled the scores at 2-2 after Argentina had edged ahead through Gabriel Mercado. Ronaldo made his deepest World Cup run in his 2006 debut when Portugal made the semifinals. Who are the favorites and what have we learned from the last fortnight?

"This is going to be a big match, and a hard one, we are going to have to step up our level".

A quick word on England, who at least have shown they are capable of scoring goals at this World Cup.

World Cup 2010Fresh from being crowned as the world's best player for the first time, Messi arrived in South Africa as the star attraction of a top-heavy Argentina under Maradona's management.

For the victor, a place in the semifinals, putting him two matches from a victory which would be the crowning glory of a celebrated career.

Aguero said that the pressure was greatest for Messi.

But much will happen before such an attractive scenario can even be contemplated.

He always wants to win games and titles. Prior to 2018, Ronaldo scored one goal in each tournament.

"We are going to play against a team with great individual players", said Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli.

A loaded France face Lionel Messi and Argentina in Kazan to kick off the knockout stage on Saturday.

Players at the World Cup will be banned for one match if they pick up two yellow cards before the semi-final stage. I have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end.

Will Coutinho continue to outshine Neymar?

"Some players know how Leo plays because of experience; for others it will take more time".

72 - Germany recorded 72 shots during their three group stage games, but were still eliminated after losing to Mexico and South Korea.

After every match of the round 16, another team will be going home.

"The reality is that we are very sad", he told FIFAtv.

Will England rue not winning the match "nobody wanted to win"?

Despite storming through the group stage, France's first choice keeper and team captain Hugo Lloris says his team will not be taking their opponents or their superstar lightly. It was Mina's headed goal against Poland in their second match that set the tone, and it was also his headed effort that earned Colombia a 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday.

Over the next four days, eight games will decide the quarter-finalists.

There was more talk of working as a team over in Bronnitsy, where Argentina have settled at the World Cup. Coincidentally, both Ronaldo and Messi played in their first World Cup in 2006. Two games, two clean sheets.

It was a cruel way to depart the tournament, though Senegal's coach Aliou Cissee, the youngest and only black coach at the tournament, said his team must "respect" FIFA's rules. If you have forgotten - and these are painful memories for those of us who played these games, believe me - we lost the opening game to Senegal, 1-0.

  • Rosalie Stanley