Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Argentina, Portugal eliminated from FIFA World Cup

Argentina, Portugal eliminated from FIFA World Cup

Leading the charge is the 19-year-old Mbappe, who achieved a feat no player had accomplished in 60 years, becoming the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in 1958.

This has been his best World Cup in terms of goals scored, as he leaves with four in total, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the group stage.

The other last-16 match pits a talented Croatia team led by Luka Modric that had a flawless record in the group phase against Denmark, but they will have to go some to emulate the drama of Saturday's first two last-16 matches.

It is being claimed in Argentina that Messi, for the first time in the tournament, will be deployed as a false No.9, with both Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain left on the bench and Christian Pavon and Angel Di Maria playing in advance of Messi instead.

"I've done all I can".

Ronaldo and Messi are the two players who have defined their generation, breaking record after record and vying for the title of the world's best player year after year.

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The win gives them a shot to move on and puts Mexico on notice, because El Tri is far from a lock now to make the next round. The game's first tally wasn't pretty by any means, but Ola Toivonen did just enough to put Sweden on top in the 32nd minute.

Perhaps now we can enjoy the World Cup without the distraction of the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) debate or having to watch these two trying to single-handedly drag their teams over the line.

Messi nearly single-handedly carried Argentina through a troubled qualifying campaign, but that ultimately only delayed another bitter disappointment.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is also enjoying a breakout World Cup campaign, answering his critics in resounding style after a disappointing campaign in Brazil four years ago.

The 1986 World Cup victor attracted widespread criticism for an offensive gesture during Argentina's 2-1 victory over Nigeria, which saw Jorge Sampaoli's side secure a round-of-16 clash with France. He played 334 times for Barcelona before leaving at the end of last season for China to join Herbei China Fortune.

Russian Federation 2018 may be the World Cup swansong for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Peter Schmeichel, after both players exited on the same day at the last 16 stage.

Early on, the Albiceleste's sheer firepower proved too much as they eased past Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in the group stage before beating Mexico 3-1 in the last 16.

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