Lionel Messi can continue his dream of winning the World Cup if he can help guide Argentina through a banana skin last-16 tie with Australia in Al Rayyan tonight. With 2022 the icon’s final shot at the tournament, the Socceroos can deny Messi with what would arguably be not even the biggest upset Qatar has seen this winter. Argentina stick with Julian Alvarez up front alongside Lionel Messi, while Papu Gomez comes in to replace Angel Di Maria.
Can Lionel Messi take another step towards World Cup glory or will the Socceroos pull off the biggest upset in the tournament’s history?
Portugal and Switzerland are both out to banish remarkable World Cup records when they face-off in the last-16 on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will be the favourites to progress against the Swiss but became the latest team to suffer an upset when rotating their line-up and losing to South Korea in the final game of their group. Switzerland only qualified for the knockouts after coming from behind to defeat Serbia on Friday night.
Hugo Lloris has called on Didier Deschamps’ side to keep their focus after losing to Switzerland in the last-16 at Euro 2020