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Lionel Messi appears helpless as Argentina's World Cup dream fades

The FC crew lay into Jorge Sampaoli and inspect Lionel Messi's negative demeanour after Argentina's embarrassing defeat to Croatia.
ESPN's Sam Borden shares his thoughts on Croatia's 3-0 win which leaves Argentina on the brink of a World Cup exit.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- All around this stadium, from the VIP seats where Diego Maradona was sitting all the way to the tippy-top rows cut just beneath the roof, everyone in the building looked for the electric-green shoes. They were bright. They were bold. They were all but glowing on this cool and breezy night.

They were on the feet of Lionel Messi.

This was supposed to be a night for Messi to sparkle, to follow up what Cristiano Ronaldo did for Portugal on Wednesday and drag his Argentina...

Kylian Mbappe announces himself on the World Cup stage

Frank Lebouef feels France "played like a small team" in the second half against Peru, and doesn't hold back in his opinion of Paul Pogba as a leader.
ESPN's Steve Nicol believes Didier Deschamps only bares some of the blame for France lacking fluidity so far in the World Cup.
The Kwese studio crew analyse Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe's movement and anticipation in the build-up to France's goal against Peru.
Kylian Mbappe's first-half tap-in proved enough for France ending Peru's World Cup hopes in the process.

EKATERINBURG -- Only as a 19-year-old can you have such nerves of steel and fearlessness as Kylian Mbappe, who played the most important game of his (very) young career on Thursday.

France's Group C encounter against Peru, in the cold of Ekaterinburg, was bigger than anything he had experienced. The pressure was huge. Bigger than the game against Australia five days ago, even though that was his World Cup debut. Bigger than a Champions League semifinal against Juventus with Monaco or, after a controversial...

Mbappe seals France progress as enthusiastic Peru show limitations

Frank Lebouef feels France "played like a small team" in the second half against Peru, and doesn't hold back in his opinion of Paul Pogba as a leader.
ESPN's Steve Nicol believes Didier Deschamps only bares some of the blame for France lacking fluidity so far in the World Cup.
Kylian Mbappe's first-half tap-in proved enough for France ending Peru's World Cup hopes in the process.

EKATERINBURG, Russia -- Three thoughts on France's 1-0 win vs. Peru in Group C at the World Cup.

1. France labour but secure knockout-round progress

France joined Russia and Uruguay in securing a place in the World Cup second round, but it took a Kylian Mbappe strike in the first half to seal another unconvincing victory for the 1998 champions.

Mbappe was already his country's youngest-ever player at a major tournament and became its youngest World Cup scorer with his 34th-minute goal, which saw...

In their World Cup matchup, Iceland will look to seize on Nigeria's sense of urgency

The FC crew assess the state of Group D and how the tone of Nigeria-Iceland has changed following Croatia's defeat of Argentina.
Nigerian manager Gernot Rohr says his team needs to fight following their defeat to Croatia.
With 335,000 inhabitants, never before has such a small country qualified for the World Cup. ESPN's Julie Foudy introduces you to Iceland.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.

By now, Iceland's footballing virtues have been well documented; the organization, the athleticism, the tactical self-awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. But one that is perhaps overlooked more than others is the team's ability to not dwell on past successes, and to look forward to the task in front of it.

That is among the bigger challenges facing Iceland as it prepares to face Nigeria in Volgograd on Friday. The 1-1 draw against Argentina is the latest impressive result recorded by the...

Russia doing its best to shed preconceived notions at 2018 World Cup

Could it really be true?! Charlie Gibson heads out to investigate...

YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- There is no quick way or short cut through passport control at Moscow's Domododevo Airport. If you want the cliched welcome to Russia, just stand in line with your documents and visa in neat order and wait for a humourless guard to keep you waiting (and sweating) for longer than is necessary before sending you on your way, just as you were beginning to fear being escorted to a dimly-lit side room.

When I arrived in Russia early last week for the World Cup, I knew what to...

 By Nick Ames

Is Spain's World Cup already operating on borrowed time?

Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lift Spain past Iran, despite the best efforts of Carlos Queiroz's side to find an equaliser.
Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.
Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran, there was always going to be one winner in the match.

Mehdi Taremi will see the moment again and again in his sleep. The next time a ball is aimed perfectly at his head at the far post, with eight minutes of a critical World Cup tie to play, he will launch his 6-foot-2 frame at the ball, time his leap perfectly and send the net billowing. The next time an opportunity that glaring comes around, he will leave nothing to chance, and Spain will not be let off the hook again.

But the Iran striker got his bearings wrong, and Spain, whichever way you see...