Argentina's Mascherano calls time on career after painful France defeat

Virginia Santiago
July 1, 2018

Mascherano won more caps (147) for Argentina than any other player in history.

Ronaldo finished his World Cup campaign with four goals, one adrift of England's Harry Kane who leads the standings with five.

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates warned his team not to focus exclusively on Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their World Cup last-16 clash with Portugal.

I tried everything to get best out of Messi - Sampaoli
The win also meant that the host nation has never lost its opening match in any of the 21 World Cups. It goes without saying that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the main man for Portugal against Uruguay.

The Albiceleste scrapped into the last 16 of the World Cup after a dramatic win over Nigeria, and Sampaoli appeared to ask Messi for permission to bring on Sergio Aguero as they sought a late victor.

The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight.

Sampaoli says Argentina will "play with a knife between their teeth" when they take on France, and he is expected to make a significant change to the side's attacking line-up.

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Soon it was 2-0 when Moreno brought down Berg on 62 minutes and Granqvist smashed the penalty into Ochoa's top left hand corner. Even after two wins in the group stage, Mexico is still not guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 just yet.

"Certainly, yes, Cristiano still has a lot to give to football".

Both now depart the tournament with sour tastes in their mouths and having extended, perhaps forever, their record of never hitting the back of the net during a World Cup knockout game.

They will both have expected to have gone much further this time but they did leave their mark in Russian Federation with moments that captured their remarkable talent.

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The Paris Saint-Germain forward put a rebound into the left corner of the net after Diego Godin's header was parried by Akinfeev . Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for Uruguay , addressed the persistent rumors that he's headed to Arsenal .

The one moment that will remain in the memory was his sublime goal against Nigeria, where he controlled a cross-field ball with his thigh, showing incredible technique, before a deft second touch and pinpoint finish.

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