How the foreign press reacted to Messi and Argentina’s World Cup horror show

first_img 7 The scoreline was embarrassing for La Albiceleste, but it was the performance that really shocked the watching world.Manager Jorge Sampaoli set his side up in a 3-4-3 system that all but negated Messi’s influence to the level that he was basically invisible; he touched the ball just 49 times throughout the match, and managed just one shot – which failed to hit the target.The result leaves Argentina on the verge of falling out a World Cup they almost didn’t qualify for in the first place, and they will be hoping Nigeria and Iceland draw today to ensure reaching the knockout stage remains a realistic outcome.The press in both Argentina and Spain, where Messi is idolised for his exploits with Barcelona, were out in full force on Friday morning reacting to the match, and you can see some of the best back pages below…ARGENTINA 7 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 7 ‘World fiasco’ ‘Neither Messi nor Argentina’ SPAIN ‘The father of defeat’ 7center_img 7 ‘Argentina now depends on a miracle’ ‘Messi does not deserve this Argentina’ Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes stand on the edge of a knife Argentina suffered perhaps their most embarrassing ever World Cup defeat on Thursday night when Croatia ran out 3-0 winners against Lionel Messi and co in Nizhny Novgorod.Ante Rebic scored the opening goal after Willy Caballero, the goalkeeper, gifted him a perfect set-up, with midfield pair Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic both netting late on. 7 7 ‘In the abyss’ last_img

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