The Argentina starting 11 against the Super Eagles was the oldest ever in the nation's World Cup history - with an average age of 30 years and 189 days - and the issue of aging stars such as Javier Mascherano and an imbalanced team have made this a hard World Cup so far for the team. The South Americans hold the upper hand with six wins to two (D3), keeping a clean sheet in eight of their previous 11 encounters with the French.
All eyes will be on Messi and co which comprises of Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria to fire Argentina to the quarterfinals.
"When you play Argentina and Messi, there are several ways to limit his impact, at least".
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FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match will take place on Saturday, June 30.
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Having followed a 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opening game with a 3-0 defeat by Croatia in their second, Argentina went into their final group fixture against Nigeria needing to win, while relying on results elsewhere.
But with Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo racing ahead in the scoring charts on four goals so far, and England's Harry Kane on five goals in just two matches, Messi risks finishing this World Cup with a whimper.
For France, progress was more serene as they topped Group C with two wins and a draw in their three games - although many question whether their uninspiring performances bode ill for the tougher tasks ahead in Russian Federation.
Since the introduction of the round of 16 in 1986, France have always made it past that stage whenever they've reached it (1986, 1998, 2006, 2014).
Argentina lead 6-3 against France in worldwide tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies.
"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers". I've seen something from France that tells me they could click at some point, however, I look at Argentina and they are an old team.
Sampaoli said his team would summon more aggression against France, one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation.