Cristiano Ronaldo hailed after Edinson Cavani incident

Sampaoli planning to use Messi as a false nine against France

Later on Saturday, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay battle reigning European champions Portugal as slim +180 chalk, while Sunday's action has Spain taking on host nation Russian Federation as a heavy -180 bet, and the surprising squad from Croatia clashing with Denmark as -120 favourites.

Maradona was pictured being treated by paramedics following Argentina's dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup, but he insisted he was not taken to the hospital.

Ronaldo led Brazil to World Cup win in 2002.

Edinson Cavani was optimistic over a calf injury after scoring twice against Portugal to send Uruguay into the World Cup quarter-finals.

However, the 1998 World Cup champions have slipped to +850 on the World Cup championship odds after opening the tournament at +700, and have also fallen to defeat in all four previous meetings with Argentina while scoring just one total goal.

Egypt and Saudi level at halftime after Salah strike, penalty
The veteran goalkeeper dived to his right and flicked his left hand up to push the shot onto the bar before it was cleared. Egypt will crash out of the World Cup regardless of their result against Saudi Arabia .


Javier Mascherano: Lionel Messi 'desperate' to turn things round with Argentina
The team faced a humiliating win in the second group match against Croatia which resulted in a historic 3-0 loss. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Croatia defeated Argentina by 3-0 in a Group D match.


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Colombia's Juan Quintero equalized the score in the 39th minute while Japanese forward Yuya Osako secured Japan's 2-1 win in the 73rd minute.


However, their blanks in their respective games today means the duo have both still never scored a goal in a World Cup knockout game.

"He is their leader, their captain".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was hopeful that the Real Madrid man will continue to represent his country for some time yet, with Portugal's next challenge to defend the European Championship title they won in France two years ago.

"There is another tournament starting in September and of course we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the younger players grow", Santos said.

FIFA has now commented on the situation by providing support for a player widely regarded to be one of the greatest ever, urged the 57-year-old - part of the FIFA Legends Program - to be respectful.

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