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Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli again defended star player Lionel Messi today and said his side's World Cup match against Croatia was effectively a must-win.

"Argentina only have a Plan A, they lack a Plan B and a Plan C. Plan A is to give the ball to Messi, close their eyes and hope for the best". Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.

He is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986, desperate to crown his glittering career with a major global tournament success.

Discussing the criticism Messi has faced in recent days, Sampaoli added: "It's what I always say: when you score in the Argentina shirt, we all take credit, but when Argentina lose, it's all Leo's fault".

For many Argentines, that means while he may be the world's best player now, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona "El Pibe" (The Kid) who won the 1986 World Cup.

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Lionel Messi is universally accepted as being one of the greatest players of all time but against Iceland he was largely anonymous - apart from seeing his second half penalty saved.

In a news conference ahead of the meeting with Croatia, Sampaoli said: "I can't give you the line-up because we haven't decided it yet".

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Argentina have a wealth of attacking talent but they are over reliant on Messi.

"What he has proven going into the World Cup with the pressure he's under, this is his fourth World Cup, the way he's started, he has shown it's not just ability, its hard work". It's the most common criticism directed at Lionel Messi - that he doesn't reproduce his Barcelona form for his national team. Ronaldo when he left Portugal, even at Manchester United, I remember he had a year where they said he can go back (but he wanted to stay and fight at Old Trafford)'.

"Argentina wasn't confused. We were excellent", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said.

Next up: Denmark will play France, and Peru will face Australia at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

" It is not easy to play against them, but our players have to enjoy the match".

Despite Peru's irrepressible fans making the Ekaterinburg Arena seem like it had been relocated to Lima, France were much stronger in the first half and took the lead in the 34th minute.

Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.

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