Lionel Messi has no escape from Cristiano Ronaldo

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As the second round of the FIFA World Cup gets underway on Saturday with France taking on Argentina, there are bigger concerns for some players and even more for team management of respective teams. "It's a game between Portugal and Uruguay and we will do everything we can to win and that's our focus".

The first phase in Russian Federation featured just one goalless draw and already a record number of penalties, with the video assistant referee (VAR) often in the spotlight.

Senegal's departure, however, means there will be no more fist pump celebrations from Cissee, which went viral on social media, tales of Senegal's fans cleaning up at stadiums and pictures of the team joyously warming up.

Ronaldo started off in Russian Federation in rousing form; a hat-trick against Spain in the opening match, the highlight of which was a sumptuous late free-kick to secure a point for his side. Following the reemergence of comments made earlier in the year on his World Cup favourites, some are even hailing him a prophet.


"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers".

Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal here Saturday.

England can have a bit of a defeatist attitude when it comes to the World Cup (or any major global soccer tournament, that is).

The French, armed with Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and wonder kid Kylian Mbappe have failed to fire the imagination so far and must sharpen up fast to keep alive their hopes of adding a second World Cup to the title they won two decades ago on home soil. "He is the one who set the game and made the ball valuable". 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. In 2016, after Argentina's shocking Copa America loss to Chile, the Barcelona star told reporters his global playing days were over, although he changed his mind less than two months later.


It goes without saying that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the main man for Portugal against Uruguay.

I think they will be capable of raising their game and they will have to, if they want to overcome the Argentinians.

Nabil Fekir is pushing for a start after impressive cameos off the bench so far, while right-back Djibril Sidibe may play instead of Benjamin Pavard.

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


Messi started in the "false nine" position, a decision that Argentine newspaper Clarin have described as "the last sin of Jorge Sampaoli". "We gave everything until the end", he said amid tears and disappointment after the game. Belgium's 8.49 Expected Goals is also the highest at the World Cup - and by a distance, too.

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