Messi stressed & unhappy at World Cup, says Zabaleta

After setting off on March 12 from Bandar Abbas in southern Iran Francis finally arrived in Moscow on June 25- 105 days later

Croatia know Iceland far too well to be over concerned about calculations regarding the outcome of World Cup Group D as they aim to secure top spot with at least a draw at the Rostov Arena on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both missed penalties during the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup! When his teammates witness his reaction after a setback, they infer he's lost faith the team, in them. Portugal eventually had to play out a draw as they finished second in Group B meaning in the Round of 16 contest they will be up against Uruguay and not Russian Federation.

The defeat left Argentina, as well as the career of its star player Lionel Messi, on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit.

Hallgrimsson's men held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their opener before losing 2-0 to Nigeria.

Former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino promptly resigned as coach, blaming power squabbles with the AFA, an organisation branded a "mafia" by Diego Maradona, who pointed the finger at its late president, Julio Grondona.

Zabaleta thinks Messi is unfairly given a hard time by the Argentine public and backed him to come to the fore in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

"This is the Croatian national squad, all my players are going to play the same way they played against Nigeria and Argentina".

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Dr Parirenyatwa last night said the injured were being treated at Mpilo Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals and Mater Dei Hospital.

"It's the same here, optimism is in our genes", Hallgrimsson told a news conference on Monday. "But, we have to take care because we have some players on yellow cards, so I will change the line-up".

His 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament.

Iceland, meanwhile, is the nation with the smallest population ever to qualify for a World Cup with 350,000 inhabitants.

His pointed words come in the wake of an uninspiring display by Argentina at the World Cup in Russian Federation that has seen the side stare down the barrel of a possible elimination.

Doing so should help Iceland's chances, but even so they may not have enough to get the win they need.

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina's AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

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