France vs Argentina – RO 16: Match Preview

France vs Argentina – FIFA World Cup 2018.

1st Match of WC 2018 RO 16: Match Preview.

The stage is set for Lionel Messi and co to prove themselves against one of the World Cup favourites favourites, France.

A 1-1 draw with first timers Iceland and a humbling 3-0 defeat to Croatia left the 2014 finalists on the verge of elimination.

Argentina needed an inspirational performance to bounce back and none other than Lionel Messi stepped by scoring in the 2-1 win over Nigeria which saw the South American nation go through to last 16 in second place.

Meanwhile, France have brought seven players back into their team to face Argentina in the World Cup on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps said: “This is going to be a big match, and a difficult one, we are going to have to step up our level.”

For Argentina there are no new concerns and they could name the same side that beat Nigeria to qualify for the last-16.

Messi could play up top with Higuain being dropped.

France and Argentina will be facing each other for the 12th time. Argentina have won 6 times. France will try hard to beat the history.

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli said:

“We are going to play against a team with great individual players, They are among the very best contenders and we will need to be very consistent to come out on top of a very difficult match.”

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