Saturday's World Cup round of 16 matches

Neymar Brazil

With FIFA's in-stadium cameras cutting to Maradona's every outsize reaction and the antics of Argentina's biggest World Cup hero generating breathless media attention, Maradona is an inescapable part of what could be Messi's final World Cup.

Instead, South Korea got two goals late, including Son Heung-min's goal late in stoppage time that put an exclamation point on one of the more startling results in recent World Cup memory. The game will also be streaming on TSN.ca and available on TSN Direct.

You hoped - no football fan will be unable to admire the Argentinian's extraordinary talents - that goal against Nigeria, where two delectable touches and a ideal finish, would reignite Messi's tournament; that the goal would be the catalyst for the little magician to turn on the style, like he does so often for Barcelona; that France would be the ones who would face his wrath next in the last 16. Although France seems less stormy than Argentina, who performed poorly in the group stages, the French are actually not the favorites.

The Asian side faced an angry backlash for running down the clock at walking pace in the last 15 minutes even though they were losing 1-0 on Thursday, gambling that Senegal would not equalise against Colombia in the other Group H game.

"Our group games left a mixed impression", France coach Didier Deschamps said yesterday (June 29). In that game against Iceland and for the very first time, I saw pressure write its name all over Lionel Messi. "They have had hard times and still have been able to qualify".

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It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not progressed beyond the first section of the tournament. They'll play the winners of group H - one of Japan , Senegal and Colombia - in Moscow on Tuesday, kick-off 7pm.

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"I came into this with the grand illusion that Argentina could win". We talked about each thing that could have happened during the match.

Lionel Messi equalled a long-standing Diego Maradona record but is still yet to score a goal in the World Cup knockout stages.

Uruguay and Portugal can be seen Saturday at 1pm et/10am pt. across the TSN Network and on CTV. "To emerge from such a desperate situation now gives the team tranquility and that could lead to better performances in the tournament".

Three clean sheets heading into the Round of 16 is an impressive feat, but Uruguay's manager Oscar Tabarez knows they have to be prepared for a threat as deadly as his opponent's captain. It is fitting that the Round of 16 kicks off with Messi and Ronaldo both looking to advance in what could be the final World Cup where we have both players competing. It is normal and logical to be dependant on such great players.

"That is an additional factor". At 31, an age when many players begin to decline, the pressure on him is vast.

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