Federation Internationale de Football Association backs Maradona but urges World Cup star to be respectful

Denmark play France in the final round of group matches. AFP

Argentina have been engulfed in drama after failing to win their first two matches, and there were rumours before the game that the players had staged a coup and selected the team themselves.

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has added fuel to the fire as concerns over his tenure with La Albiceleste continue to grow after asking for Lionel Messi's approval over a substitution in their narrow win over Nigeria on Tuesday.

Argentine star Lionel Messi had something unbelievable in his boots during the match against Nigeria.

Lionel Messi of Argentina icelebrates after he scores the opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

But as midfielder Ever Banega's ears finally pricked up and his face turned inquisitively to the man sat next to him, I got the sense that particular issue could well be unaffected by Saturday's result.

Guerrero set up Carrillo's 18th-minute wonder goal from the edge of the box with a delightful cross, then scored from a deflection five minutes after the interval to send Peru's red-and-white army of fans into ecstasy at the Fisht Stadium.

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The Real Madrid star, who has four goals in Russian Federation and looks certain to be crowned world player of the year for a sixth time, will come up against a tight Uruguay defense that did not concede a single goal in the group phase.

He has faced intense scrutiny at this World Cup, especially after the 3-0 defeat by Croatia.

"A coach who has to train Leo knows that everybody surrounding him needs to make him feel secure", Sampaoli said.

"We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar", said Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo.

France moved through to the next round after beating Australia and Peru.

"This is going to be a big match, and a hard one, we are going to have to step up our level". Santos will be demanding more from his players after they struggled to beat Morocco and only managed to draw with Iran in their last two games.

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