Lionel Messi and Argentina will be all-too-aware they scraped through Group D and will have to put on their best performance so far when they face France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday afternoon.
La Albiceleste needed a dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria in their final group game to even reach the knockout stages after drawing with minnows Iceland and going down 3-0 to Croatia.
Didier Deschamps’ side, meanwhile, have yet to hit top gear either. They laboured to wins over Australia and Peru in Group C before a convenient goalless draw with Denmark saw both nations advance.
But Les Bleus have one of the tournament’s most talent-packed squads and will command respect – even if their performances haven’t merited it.
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