Messi missing from AP's best 11 of the World Cup stage

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Mascherano became Argentina's most capped player with 146 appearances during the World Cup group stages, overtaking full back Javier Zanetti earlier this month. It was a repeat 11 of the one's who started against Nigeria but the 12th player was Cristian PAVON.

France faces an Argentina side taken apart by perennial dark horses Croatia - Luka Modric making a typically eloquent case to be considered among the group stage's outstanding players, alongside Philippe Coutinho - but possibly rejuvenated by Marcos Rojo's last-gasp heroics against Nigeria.

Messi scored four goals and converted his spot-kick in a semi-final shootout against the Netherlands to lead Argentina to a first World Cup final in 24 years.

Whatever the outcome, Saturday's last-16 ties will provide us with a quarterfinal not to be missed.

Switzerland followed up a surprising opening draw against Brazil with a thrilling last-minute win over Serbia. "He does not have the same players with him and their way of playing is different but he has saved them on several occasions".

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On the hand, Three Lions' star defender John Stones is not a doubt for England's fixture against Colombia on Tuesday, July 3. Alexis Sanchez has revealed he wants his "friend" Romelu Lukaku to win the World Cup with Belgium .


The 27-year-old Chelsea star has also contributed to three goals already in Russian Federation, and will be looking to add to that tally when the Red Devils go up against Japan in the round of 16.

Indeed, the Croats are one of three teams, along with Belgium and Uruguay, to have won all three of their group games.

Entertainment, upsets, personalities, controversy and goals - the World Cup has had it all - and the knockout stage drama hasn't even begun. "I understand because of all his qualities, but he can't do everything on his own". But we will find out on Tuesday, July 3, when the Three Lions take on Colombia in Moscow.

Not prone to showing his emotions, Messi sobbed uncontrollably after blasting his penalty over the bar as Argentina lost a second Copa America final in as many years in a shootout to Chile.

Meanwhile, Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA's referees committee, said he was pleased with the impact of the video assistant referee (VAR) system being used in a World Cup for the first time but that it did not mean all decisions would be ideal. Gimenez has returned to training and could be available to play against Portugal and his familiar Real Madrid adversary.

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"It will require a team effort to stop them", said Alves.

He believes that Lionel Messi can make the difference in the game.

And, of course, the German squad has already flown home after failing to progress from a group which included Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. This marked the first time in 10 World Cup matches (going back to 2006) that England scored more than one goal.

But what a main course to look forward to.

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