Messi gets face-saving mural to match Ronaldo's

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There have been suggestions that Messi is even deciding how Argentina should line up, but Sampaoli is adamant he is still in charge.

For Burns, Messi's moment with his team-mates in the tunnel earned added significance when put into the context of the veneration his homeland still heaps upon Maradona - the outspoken antidote to Messi's naturally self-effacing personality traits.

Ronaldo tore out of the blocks in Russian Federation, smashing a hat-trick in his first game against Spain and he added another goal in the 1-0 win against Morocco.

Meanwhile, Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA's referees committee, said he was pleased with the impact of the video assistant referee (VAR) system being used in a World Cup for the first time but that it did not mean all decisions would be ideal.

Only a championship would allow Messi to fully escape Maradona's shadow. "But we know that if we show solidarity in defence, we can stop a player like him".

The Barcelona star got off to a awful start in front of goal after missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iceland.

What could be better for the neutral than watching two of history's greatest players going head-to-head on the biggest stage of all? The highlight of its draw with mighty Argentina was Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson stonewalling Lionel Messi on a penalty kick.

Additionally, one could also suggest that their chances of glory have even been improved considering the elimination of an opponent that has been responsible for their downfall in each edition of the tournament since that the Germans themselves hosted in 2006. N'golo Kante and Paul Pogba create a great defensive midfield, but their presence in front of their defense leaves only four men for France to attack.

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France has its own problems. Its victories against Australia and Peru were far from decisive.

"If we can't control the ball, it could become a physical match, and that won't suit us at all". Like Messi, Griezmann has just one goal in a largely uninspiring World Cup and in the buildup there has been little talk of the two attackers coming face-to-face.

Kazan artists worked through the night today painting a mural of Argentina's Lionel Messi to match one of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo on a building opposite, saving the blushes of the World Cup host city. Uruguay's defense might be a problem in Sochi; La Celeste has yet to give up a goal in seven matches this year, while star Luis Suarez - who bit an opponent at the previous World Cup - has shined in Russian Federation while keeping his teeth to himself.

Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury. Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez could return to the side after missing the game with Russian Federation with a back injury. Gimenez has returned to training and could be available to play against Portugal and his familiar Real Madrid adversary. "We gave everything until the end", he said amid tears and disappointment after the game.

Suarez's two goals saw Uruguay finish top of their group but it won't be just him who the Portuguese will have to pay attention to. "It's a team that has quality".

Next up is Uruguay versus Portugal, and these teams are so similar that they can be analyzed together. At 33, the fanatically well-conditioned Ronaldo still appears to have the physical gifts of his youth, but whether he can break through against Uruguay will determine his World Cup legacy. Well, the world isn't fair....at least that's what I have observed.

After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018. The imperceptible influenced a mountain of situations that made the inferior team to Argentina win the world championship.

Above a three-storey portrait of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is the slogan: "I scored four goals".

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