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Russia: Structure of Croatia game did not favour Messi - Argentina manager01:29

Russia: Structure of Croatia game did not favour Messi - Argentina manager

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
June 25, 2018 at 21:13 GMT -00:00 · Published

Argentina national football team manager Jorge Sampaoli spoke about the team’s recent 3-0 thumping from Croatia during a press conference in Saint Petersburg on Monday.

"The structure of the game did not favour him [Messi], he did not get a lot of balls from the middle of the field, from the centre," Sampaoli said, adding that the team did not dominate the match like they did against Iceland.

Commenting on the upcoming decider against Nigeria, the coach promised the squad will "go out on pitch with great energy in order to secure a victory."

Group D Argentina is scheduled to play Nigeria at the Saint-Petersburg stadium on Tuesday. In order to be able to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup, Argentina has to win.

Russia: Structure of Croatia game did not favour Messi - Argentina manager01:29
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Argentina national football team manager Jorge Sampaoli spoke about the team’s recent 3-0 thumping from Croatia during a press conference in Saint Petersburg on Monday.

"The structure of the game did not favour him [Messi], he did not get a lot of balls from the middle of the field, from the centre," Sampaoli said, adding that the team did not dominate the match like they did against Iceland.

Commenting on the upcoming decider against Nigeria, the coach promised the squad will "go out on pitch with great energy in order to secure a victory."

Group D Argentina is scheduled to play Nigeria at the Saint-Petersburg stadium on Tuesday. In order to be able to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup, Argentina has to win.

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