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Argentina's Lionel Messi 'suffers and cries' in pursuit of World Cup dream - mother

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels it's time for Lionel Messi to relinquish penalty duties as his miss resulted in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.
Taylor Twellman joined the Get Up! crew to discuss the possible impact of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup.

Lionel Messi's mother, Celia Cuccittini, said her son has been deeply affected by criticism of his performances with Argentina and insists he wants nothing more than to win the World Cup.

Messi had a penalty saved in Argentina's 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday, one day after Cristiano Ronaldo had a hat trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain.

Argentina lost three straight finals at major competitions in a three-year span -- the 2014 World Cup against Germany and the second and third at the Copa...

Argentine manager struggles: Five in Russia but none win first World Cup match

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes look ahead to Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia and Iran-Spain and predict who'll come out on top.

Argentina arrived in Russia with a World Cup record already under their belt. With five coaches, the nation has the greatest number of managers at the 2018 World Cup, matching the record that Brazil held in Germany 2006.

Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina), Jose Pekerman (Colombia), Ricardo Gareca (Peru), Hector Cuper (Egypt) and Juan Pizzi (Saudi Arabia) emulated the feat of their Brazilian counterparts 12 years ago when Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Portugal), Zico (Japan), Alexander...

Argentina introducing Paulo Dybala is the game-breaking change Jorge Sampaoli needs

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.

Paulo Dybala's first start for Argentina ended in tears. In September 2016, at home against Uruguay, he was sent off before half-time for a pair of fairly innocuous challenges and left the pitch with his shirt pulled up high to dry his eyes. He was calmed only when team masseur Marcelo D'Andrea reminded him that Lionel Messi had himself been sent off on his debut.

"That's what superstars do," he said. "You've already passed the test."

In the time he did get, Dybala left a couple of hints as...

FACTBOX-Soccer-Argentina v Croatia

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - Argentina play Croatia in a World Cup Group D match in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.

Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Capacity: 43,319

When: Thursday June 21, 2100 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET)

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan

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* Argentina began their World Cup with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland that included a missed penalty by Lionel Messi. Croatia comfortably beat Nigeria 2-0.

* This could be Messi's last World Cup given he is now into...

PREVIEW-Soccer-Argentina's Messi seeks redemption against dangerous Croatia

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By Andrew Cawthorne

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, Argentina's brilliant forward and captain Lionel Messi would love to make amends in their World Cup Group D match against Croatia on Thursday.

But the Croatians go into the game in ebullient mood after a comfortable 2-0 win over Nigeria, and will look to add to the frustrations of Messi who has failed to replicate the glories of his Barcelona career...