Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him

Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him

Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli consulted Lionel Messi about substitutions mid-game as the Albiceleste overcame Nigeria to progress to the last 16 of the World Cup.

Argentina may have squeezed through to the knockout stages of the World Cup in nail-biting fashion on Tuesday but again there was little to suggest the two-time winners can go deep in the tournament.

Despite many penalties converted, top stars, Messi famously missed from the spot in action versus Iceland, while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert in the crucial last group match for Portugal against Iran.

An over joyed reporter said, 'no way, no way did you score with this foot?'

After playing the most soporific game of the World Cup so far, France will feature in a seismic last-16 clash of former champions with a resurgent Argentina on Saturday, and they will have to drastically improve if they are to stop Lionel Messi.

If true, it doesn't say much for Sampaoli's confidence in his own abilities at this moment in time.

Argentina have not made it to the Round of 16 and will now play France on June 30, 2018 at the Kazan Arena.

Messi, 31, netted his first goal of Russian Federation 2018 in Argentina's decisive 2-1 win over Nigeria Tuesday.

The reporter, according to a report from Barca Blaugranes, met Messi for the first time before Argentina's match against Iceland in Russian Federation.

After that Messi left and Pantorotto turned towards the camera and said, "Ma, my dear, he put the string on his leg". An 86th minute strike from defender Marcos Rojo gave them a barely deserved 2-1 win over Nigeria, eliminating the African side.

His catalogue of misfortunes include being run over by his own auto while his misbehaviour, ranging from drink-driving to getting sent off for abusing a referee, may have been a factor behind his omission from the World Cup squad four years ago.

"We are going to try and improve that and we are sure that is not going to happen tomorrow. It's always a strong team to play against".

"When Leo came and hugged me I felt very proud and happy because he knows I am passionate every single day". Otherwise, we'll suffer because we have the best player in the world and the other players need to benefit from that.

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