Messi under pressure at World Cup as Ronaldo scores again

Messi under pressure at World Cup as Ronaldo scores again

Messi under pressure at World Cup as Ronaldo scores again

The fact that Croatia is the only Group D squad with a victory thus far - a 2-0 shutout of Nigeria - makes it all the more crucial for Argentina to walk off the field Thursday with a win in tow. They'll need a win against Nigeria, and some help, to move on. Les Bleus reclaim first place in Group C from Denmark and clinch a place in the Round of 16 with the win, while Peru's defeat ends its hopes of progressing to the knockout phase of the tournament.

Up against Lionel Messi and perennial powerhouse Argentina, Croatia pulled off a massive upset, winning 3-0.

Discussing the criticism Messi has faced in recent days, Sampaoli added: "It's what I always say: when you score in the Argentina shirt, we all take credit, but when Argentina lose, it's all Leo's fault".

AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from Russian Federation for reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute, though coach Zlatko Dalic said the AC Milan man had a back injury.

Group C is almost decided.

"We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general", said vice-captain and central defender Raphael Varane.

Croatia has advanced with six points from two matches in Group D, while Argentina has only one point and is facing elimination.

"But we're not trying to focus on that".

There are two scenarios in which Argentina can avoid embarrassment and advance to the knockout stage.

"We were quite upset about not having won the match but I think".

"Everything that happens to the team and the players' drop in form is down to the management".

"The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us".

Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.

"What he has proven going into the World Cup with the pressure he's under, this is his fourth World Cup, the way he's started, he has shown it's not just ability, its hard work. It turned out to be too offensive", the company said.

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