Messi-led generation fails to win major title with Argentina

Messi-led generation fails to win major title with Argentina

"This is a ideal ball in, to a striker who's very good in the heading department, and he doesn't miss from there", said Schmeichel.

For all Messi's brilliance at club level with Barcelona, it appears the 2014 final defeat to Germany is the closest he will ever come to winning the World Cup. "It was a very hard game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russian Federation". "This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort", said Sampaoli, already under pressure after Argentina's stuttering start to the tournament. I'm sad, I'm frustrated - I think that's quite normal.

Argentina fell behind before fighting back to take a 2-1 lead early in the second half.to the delight of their most famous fan. Portugal's run for the World Cup came to a screeching halt, thanks to Luis Suarez, 31, Edison Cavani, 31, and the rest of La Celeste.

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"Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", said Ronaldo, who, like Messi, leaves the World Cup having never scored a goal in the knockout rounds.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker opened the scoring after just seven minutes in Sochi and, after Pepe headed Portugal level early in the second half, Cavani curled in a 62nd-minute victor.

Ronaldo had the opportunity to stake his claim as the GOAT at the World Cup following Messi's elimination but he, too, is being sent home after Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay courtesy of a dazzling Edinson Cavani display.

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The French squad is packed with talented young players like N'golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, while established stars like Antoine Griezmann remain a scoring threat.

"But between Messi and Cristiano, I always choose Leo". "Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal".

"We know that in Portugal, the squares are full, the people are together and rooting for us, and we feel their presence here, so a word to the Portuguese people: We are very sad that we weren't able to make it", Santos said. Uruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

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