Sampaoli: I was informing not consulting Messi

Messi opens scoring for Argentina

The two-time World Cup champions have posted wins in each of their past four Round of 16 matches, but will need more production from superstar Lionel Messi, who has scored just once since opening the tournament as a +1000 co-favourite on the Golden Boot odds.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute victor to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday.

Before the tournament, France were widely tipped for a run to the final but they have failed to click so far, scoring just three times in three matches.

Even coming off another extraordinary season with Barca, it was never sure Messi would be able to replicate that form with the national team and Russian Federation will have barely noticed his presence.

Real Madrid striker Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's opening group game against Spain, and added another goal in their match against Morocco.

Diego Godin (Uruguay) - The indomitable leader of the only defense at the World Cup to keep three clean sheets.

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But Portugal's problem against a Uruguay team with the meanest defence of the tournament could be their over-reliance on the 33-year-old five-time world player of the year.

24 - The 24 penalties awarded at Russian Federation 2018 - the first World Cup to use VAR - has already smashed the previous record.

"I still think he saved them some times".

Both will fancy their chances of reaching the last four if they can get past this banana skin first.

Instead, South Korea got two goals late, including Son Heung-min's goal late in stoppage time that put an exclamation point on one of the more startling results in recent World Cup memory.

Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury. The ageing defenders have shown that they are vulnerable with pace, Suarez certainly will be looking to unsettle the duo if Uruguay is to make it to the quarters.

Starting XI of Fifa World Cup 2018 Group F match
It wasn't the most exciting match, but in typical German fashion Die Mannschaft got the job done and progressed to the final. His goal was originally ruled offsides, but was overturned after a second look from the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - Is he the GOAT?

Lionel Messi of Argentina and teammates warm up during a training session.

"This is a frustration, not a failure, in our play there wasn't much difference", the coach said.

The Argentina team will stay in the Ramada hotel ahead of the game. Well, the world isn't fair....at least that's what I have observed.

Perhaps we're getting too far ahead of ourselves, we nearly certainly are, but in seven days' time football fans around the world could be salivating over the prospect of Portugal versus Argentina in the quarterfinals, which would, of course, give us a showdown between Messi and Ronaldo.

Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russian Federation that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-times former champions.

Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday
It's part of a disappointing worldwide run in which Messi's only medal with Argentina came 10 years ago at the Summer Olympics. On the cake, the bakers carved out a sculpture of Messi wearing a jersey of Barcelona , the football club he plays for.

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