Mascherano Quits International Football After World Cup Exit

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However, 12 minutes after putting his side back in front, he was helped from the field by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and replaced by Cristhian Stuani. It is very painful to have been eliminated, especially because of the effort these players put forth.

Messi had one great chance that he would normally bury on his left foot that slipped just wide, but even winning the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament did little to dim the pain of getting so close to the holy grail of following in Maradona's footsteps.

Unless you are Argentinian or Portuguese, there's no need to shed a tear for them because the spotlight will now deservedly be on the new wave of global superstars - 19-year-old Frenchman Kylian Mbappe sizzled with his pace and brace in the 4-3 win over Argentina, 22-year-old Mexican Hirving Lozano tore Germany apart, and 24-year-old Englishman Harry Kane is living up to his billing as the world's best No. 9 with five goals so far in this tournament.

"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence".

"I have not made a proper analysis of Argentina's style yet".

With the next World Cup coming in 2022, it's unlikely that the pair will represent their nations in another showpiece on the grandest stage, and for two of the most decisive players in the history of the game, this is a freaky mark on their record.

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She made it to the fourth round where she would have faced Maria Sharapova but she was forced to withdraw with injury. The draw will be selected Friday, and the tournament starts Monday.

This has been his best World Cup in terms of goals scored, as he leaves with four in total, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the group stage.

"We have a fantastic group, young and with a lot of ambition and for that reason I think the team will remain strong", he said.

Jorge Sampaoli has denied reports that Lionel Messi is deciding Argentina's team selection and tactics as he prepares to make a drastic change for Saturday's clash with France.

His second came after 68 minutes at the end of a beautifully flowing French move with Olivier Giroud providing the subtlest of touches to lay the ball into Mbappe's path and the teenager finishing right-footed with some elan. This is a frustration, but failure is something completely different. "There are no more illusions for me", Mascherano told Argentina's TyC sports channel.

"Honestly, I have not decided yet on the starting lineup". We were involved in all the details. "We'll see what happens, we'll do [medical] exams".