Russia hope for World Cup miracle

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Argentina left it late to book their place in the round of 16 in Russian Federation 2018 after a 2-1 victory against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The problem lies, though, in Sampaoli's reluctance to resign and a contract clause that would oblige the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to pay the 58-year-old around US$15 million (RM60.7 million) to get rid of him, reports said. "He has to do more", the coach said after the Australia game. Last summer saw a transfer scramble with Europes elite clubs all trying to sign a player, who is widely regarded to be the most talented for his age in World Football, before he eventually chose to stay in his homeland and sign for PSG in a deal worth £166 million.

Diego Maradona has offered to manage Argentina for free in the wake of their disappointing showing at World Cup 2018.

He struck twice in an opening win over Tunisia before bagging a hat-trick in his next outing and is the key figure for a youthful England side.

If Kane scores against Colombia on Tuesday, he will be level with the former Barcelona poacher. They came closest with this squad in 2014, when they lost in the final of the last World Cup, and in the Copas America in 2015 and 2016.

"I was wondering whether he was riding a scooter", joked France midfielder Florian Thauvin, who is convinced his team mate will keep his feet on the ground after a world-class performance.


He is 32 years old and this could be his final World Cup, so he wants to make the most of it. The last goal they conceded before Pepe's equaliser was in a friendly against Austria in November 2017.

His goals against Costa Rica and Mexico have taken him to 57 for Brazil (he is behind only Pele and Ronaldo in their all-time scoring charts) and he will be desperate to add to that tally when they face Belgium in the last eight.

Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Portugal fans for their support at the World Cup, but is yet to confirm whether he will play on for his country.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani missed Monday's training and remains a doubt for this week's World Cup quarterfinal against France, though a muscle tear has been ruled out.

The Barcelona striker has two goals in the tournament so far, with one coming against Saudi Arabia and the other against Russian Federation.


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