Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday

Argentina team the worst in history says legend Ardiles

Argentina team the worst in history says legend Ardiles

So far, this tournament has been a huge disappointment for Messi and Argentina, which finished as runner-up at the 2014 World Cup.

"We are going to try and improve that and we are sure that is not going to happen tomorrow".

The star, along with his team-mates, came under heavy criticism following a shock 3-0 defeat to Croatia in the second game of the group.

Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russian Federation, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

"I've always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup".

A team of five workers at Moscow's Altufyevo Confectionery worked for almost a week to carve the sculpture in 60 kg (132 lbs) of chocolate to mark the Argentina forward's 31st birthday on Sunday.

Croatia lost 1-0 to Iceland in a World Cup qualifier and had to go through the playoffs to reach the finals so they will be taking nothing for granted despite speculation that coach Zlatko Dalic could field a second-string team.

While relying on other results to aid their cause, Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has urged his players to be far more astute against Peru than they were in their first two matches of the tournament.


Burnley's Johann Gudmundsson missed that defeat to the Super Eagles after picking up a muscle strain in the opening game draw with Argentina.

Musa became, in the process, Nigeria's all-time highest scorer at World Cup finals with four goals and he the only man from his country to score in two different World Cups.

'It cost us too much to be where we are for Croatia to hit us for three goals and to leave with our arms crossed without putting a foot in.

"Personally, the virtual world doesn't affect me at all", he said. Crammed in with four family members in their team jerseys, they chanted "Me-xi-co!"

Three finals in three years, that's not so shabby for a guy who played 50-plus other games each year for Barcelona.

Six Croatian players - Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Sime Vrsaljko, Mario Mandzukic, Marcelo Brozovic and Vedran Corluka - are one booking away from being suspended for the last 16 and some of them are likely to be rested against Iceland.

"I stopped reading the sports articles after we drew with Turkey 1-1 on June 5", said forward Fedor Smolov. But the 1998 generation is a benchmark, we remember them fondly.

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