Head Coach Sampaoli Not Decided on Argentina's Starting Lineup for France Game


Messi and Argentina out.

The World Cup lost its headline acts overnight as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russian Federation after their teams were eliminated in the round of 16.

Diego Maradona might be a giant of the game's history, Federation Internationale de Football Association said Friday, but even he must show respect to other fans at World Cup stadiums.

Ronaldo reached the semi-finals with Portugal in his first World Cup in Germany, but has never made it past the last 16 since then.

Kylian Mbappe - at 19 years, 193 days - is just the second teenager to have scored more than one goal in a World Cup knockout match, emulating Pele's feat from the 1958 World Cup, when he scored a hat-trick in Brazil's 5-2 win against France in the semi-final.

Mohamed Salah's Apology To Egypt
Having lost their other two games, Egypt is unable to qualify for the tournament's knockout stages. Salah will return to Anfield shortly, ahead of Liverpool's pre-season tour of America next month.

Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, was unable to keep Portugal alive despite incessant pressure from his side in the dying stages of the match.

In contrast, Uruguay march on with arguably the best defence in global football and one of the best strike pairings anywhere.

"This is a World Cup and of course we're all defending and we're all working for our national teams, and that's the essential aspect".

Javier Mascherano picked up his seventh yellow card of the World Cup against France, the most by one player in the history of the tournament since cards were introduced in the 1970 edition.

Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in-between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have now won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation.