Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, September 21, 2019 06:05:21 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Messi must deliver and France must fire

Argentina- France round 16 1st match today

photo by

Barcelona teammates Samuel Umtiti and Lionel Messi will come face to face when France face Argentina in the round 16 of World Cup 1st match today (Saturday).

By
30th-Jun-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Kazan :
Argentina and Lionel Messi needto find form fast if they are to go any further in the World Cup on Saturday when they meet a France team who have yet to live up to their billing. The first last-16 match in Russia promises to be a fascinating clash of two under-achieving sides who are supposedly on different trajectories.  All the flaws of an ageing and unbalanced Argentina team were ruthlessly exposed in the thrashing by Croatia in the group stage.  But, roared on by a pumped-up Diego Maradona, Messi finally opened his account in this tournament before Marcos Rojo volleyed in a stunning winner against Nigeria as the losing 2014 finalists punched their ticket to the knockout stage.
Didier Deschamps' France, meanwhile, among the pre-tournament favourites, have looked sluggish despite easing through the group stage unbeaten.  First-choice striker Antoine Griezmann has been unable to recapture his best form and the creativity has failed to flow from midfield.  Deschamps is adamant that France will get it all right on the night when the business end of the tournament kicks off on Saturday.  "A whole new competition begins now, direct elimination," Deschamps said.  "We got what we wanted. Now the mountain looms up in front of us, but we're there and we're aiming to get through to the next round after that." Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi underlined his importance to Argentina with a sublimely-taken opening goal against Nigeria on Tuesday.  But it only partly made amends for the Barcelona icon's penalty miss against Iceland in a lacklustre 1-1 draw that dampened Argentine hopes from their opening match.
Messi was then virtually missing in action when Jorge Sampaoli's men suffered the chastening defeat to Croatia.
The tension of the win over Nigeria had 1986 World Cup winner Maradona grimacing towards the sky, a crazed look in his eyes.  Maradona later played down concerns over his health after he was checked over by paramedics inside his VIP box. - 'Messi in a mess' -
But Argentina, and Messi's health is under scrutiny too, according to former France captain Marcel Desailly.
A World Cup winner with France in 1998, Desailly told Britain's Guardian newspaper: "We know Messi is great but we're confused and sad for him.  "He is such a pure Barcelona product but with Argentina right now, Messi's in a mess."
"And let's face it, France have yet to show anything to make us feel optimistic, to give us hope," said Desailly.
With just three goals from three games, an attacking line featuring Griezmann, 145-million-euro teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud has hardly set the tournament on fire.
Griezmann, particularly, is facing increasing scrutiny two years after his six-goal, seven-assist tally steered France to the final of Euro 2016, where France lost to Portugal.
His campaign so far has been more remarkable for the controversy caused by his decision to announce his commitment to Atletico Madrid, rejecting Barcelona in the process, in a 40-minute video which aired on the eve of France's opener.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Breathing the worst air in Dhaka


THE Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday morning showed that Dhaka's air quality was the second-worst in the world. Dhaka had a score of 190 at 8:21am, indicating that the quality was unhealthy. When the AQI value is between 101 and 200, there is an increased likelihood of adverse effects ...

City »

Natun Dhara Bangladesh formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday with a call to ban casino business.


.

Entertainment »

Jhumu Khan will return to music any time


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Jhumu Khan is a professional doctor. Before becoming doctor she started her career in music. In 1994, her first solo album titled Chondrima Raatey was released. A song of that album titled Pan Khaite Chun Lagey got popularity during that time. Composed by Manam Ahmed Hasan Motiur ...

International »

Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack


AFP, Dubai :The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".Pompeo has blamed Iran for the dramatic weekend assault on two facilities, condemning an "act of war" which ...

Front Page »

2 Rohingyas among 3 'criminals' killed in C'bazar gunfight


UNB, Cox's Bazar :Three suspected criminals, including two Rohingyas, were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Baharchhara in Teknaf upazila early Thursday.The deceased were identified as Mohammad Jamil, 20, son of Fazal Ahmed; and Asmat Ullah, 21, son of Nabi Hossain of Ukhiya's Balukhali camp; and Mohammad Rafique, ...

Sports »

Timea Babos of Hungary, returns a shot to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic, during their second round match of the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday.


International »

UK, US discuss need for united diplomatic response to Saudi attack


Reuters, London :British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump condemned last weekend's attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and discussed the need for a united diplomatic response in a telephone call on Wednesday, Mr Johnson's office said."They condemned the attacks and discussed the need for a united ...

International »

US senators urge Trump to end nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia


Reuters, Washington :Two Democratic U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Trump administration officials to halt talks with Saudi Arabia on building nuclear reactors after weekend attacks that halved the country's oil output and increased instability in the Middle East.U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters on Tuesday at a nuclear power ...

Editorial »

Investors losing interest in stock market


THE government's recent measures to prop up the stock market appear to have failed as the unusual fall of share prices continues to rattle investors. The DSEX, the benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, slumped to a 33-month low to 4,888 points on Wednesday, losing 533.61 points or 9.84 percent ...

Entertainment »

Farhana Mili in role of judge


Entertainment Report :Farhana Mili is a noted actress of the small screen. Basically she won the hearts of so many viewers to work in movie Monpura. After acting in this movie, she only engaged herself with acting only in the small screen. Sometimes Mili is seen to perform as a ...

Cricket »

England cricket chiefs back Ben Stokes in family tragedy story row


England cricket chiefs on Tuesday rallied round star all-rounder Ben Stokes after he criticised a British newspaper report about a family tragedy more than 30 years ago.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said he was "disgusted and appalled" by the front-page story in The ...

Editorial »

Needs sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis


THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the same ministry that Dhaka is planning to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for its repression on the Rohingyas. The Foreign Ministry also informed that Bangladesh would also take ...

International »

Iran's President says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as 'warning'


By Agencies :Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Yemenis targeted Saudi oil installations as a "warning" about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom's US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country."The Yemenis… haven't hit a hospital, they haven't hit a school, they haven't hit Sanaa bazaar. They just ...

International »

Do not underestimate no-deal Brexit, EU's Barnier warns


Reuters, Strasbourg  :The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Wednesday not to underestimate the consequences of any no-deal Brexit and said issues raised by Britain's exit from the EU would still need addressing before a future relationship could be agreed."I advise everyone not to underestimate the consequences, clearly for ...

Entertainment »

Kareena’s simplistic look comes with a price tag of Rs75K


Kareena Kapoor Khan aka Poo is always ready to ‘woo’ us with her amazing fashion and style. Time and again the actress has proved her fashion statement by giving major goals to many. Her latest girl next door look is one of the looks which every girl would wish for. ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news