Both Argentinian and French coaches see Lionel Messi as a key player in the round-two knockout game and are strategising with him in mind.
It was not the result that anyone was expecting. A 3-0 defeat to Croatia leaves two-time winners Argentina staring at an early exit from Russia.
Salah was forced off in tears during the first half of the 3-1 loss to Madrid in Kiev on Saturday, sparking fears he wouldn't make it to next month's World Cup.
Following their ill-tempered playoff first leg against Sweden, beleaguered Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has said his team would try to qualify for the World Cup by “playing football."
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