Lionel Messi Surprises Reporter With His Heartwarming Gesture After Argentina’s Win
30 June, 2018, 08:34 | Author: Rachael Silva
Reports of a rift between the team and coach Jorge Sampaoli haven't helped either. Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli.
After bringing back the smiles on the faces of thousands of Argentina supporters with his first goal of FIFA World Cup 2018, Lionel Messi chose to make the day all the more special for one Argentinian journalist following the team's victory over Nigeria. Shortly afterwards, the Manchester City striker was introduced for the final ten minutes in Saint Petersburg, replacing defender Nicolás Tagliafico.
His efforts proved worthwhile after Marcus Rojo scored a late victor to seal Argentina's spot in the knockout stages.
Denmark could have only been denied qualification had they lost to France and had Australia beaten Peru in the match being simultaneously played in Sochi. "They'll say I'm an excellent manager if we win, if we lose they'll say I'm very bad".
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Banega's instinct to shield the ball and wait for the right moment brought Messi into the match to a far greater extent and, with their talisman involved once more, Argentina duly prospered. "We are aware of what you are referring to in terms of previous matches", FIFA's chief competitions and events officer Colin Smith said on Friday.
"We need to make passes to Leo so he can create chances". I know what we will have to do. We've managed to do so and have been able to go through.
"Well, I remember that point in time, but everything I mentioned to the players is personal and I don't think it's for the public domain, it was a simple exchange I had with a player", Sampaoli said.
Whether this will irritate the Argentine, or give him a lift going into the last-16 clash, remains to be seen.
Instead, the army of light blue-clad fans at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where Argentines impressively dominated the stands, are likely to be feeling vast relief rather than unbridled optimism.
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