Messi's wonderful first half goal inspired Argentina's revival after a disastrous 3-0 defeat in their second game in Russian Federation, with their dramatic 2-1 win in their last Group D match setting up a second round clash against France on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward already has one goal to his name in the group stages and will look to utilize his speed and agility to cut through Argentina's defense and lead the attack alongside other stars like Antoine Griezmann.
"It was due to the situation and what we were playing for". Of course, it was a huge relief, a relief for all of us. "Luckily we achieved our objective".
The side were drawing and in need of a goal when an agitated Sampaoli shouted at Messi: 'Should I bring on Kun?' "It's not just in this World Cup that they have not been conceding goals". I don't know if you kept it or threw it away'. "They have had hard times and still have been able to qualify".
The two exchanged a few more words before Messi ran off, leaving the reporter stunned. "We have to do everything possible to make sure it goes well for us", said France coach Didier Deschamps.
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"France has a plan to neutralize Leo (MESSI) and we have a plan to better that".
"We are going to play against a team with great individual players", said Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Argentina's success was also accompanied with a good slice of fortune and more controversy over the VAR system used to review contentious decisions.
Defending a corner, Argentine defender Javier Mascherano jockeyed Leon Balogun inside the area and when the Nigerian fell to the floor, Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded a penalty.
"To say I am devastated would be an understatement". Belgium's Thomas Meunier was the right-back who impressed the most, with his clever through-ball for Romelu Lukaku's second goal in their 5-2 win over Tunisia one of his many fine moments.