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How did Argentina do in the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

It is no secret to anyone that Argentina is one of the favorite selections to win the world Cup, Qatar 2022. Beside Leo Messi and other great players, those led by Lionel Scaloni will seek to be champions after 36 years. However, in this note we will review how the ‘Albiceleste’ did in their last World Cup date.

The last World Cup was held in Russia, exactly in 2018. The ‘Albiceleste’, which at that time was directed by Jorge Sampaoli, fell into group D, where the teams of Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland were.

His debut in Russia 2018 was against Iceland, exactly at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. The Argentines equalized 1-1, the goal for the ‘Gauchos’ was made by Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero, later, the Europeans would equalize the score through Alfreð Finnbogason. In that game, Lionel Messi missed a penalty when the match was tied.

Despite constant shots on goal, the South Americans were unable to score the second goal and took a point that would later help them advance to the next round.

On the second day, they suffered a severe blow, since they were thrashed by Croatia, which would end up being runner-up in the World. In this match, the goals for the Croats did; Before Rebić, Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić. Argentina was forced to win on the next date and hope that the Icelanders do not beat the Croats.

In the last match for the group stage, those led by Jorge Sampoli faced Nigeria. Lionel Messi opened the scoring at 14′, however, Victor Moses would level the match from the penalty spot at 55′. Until the 85th minute, the ‘Albiceleste’ was staying out of the World Cup, however, a minute later Marcos Rojo would appear to make it 2-1 and give the pass to the round of 16 for the Argentine team, where they would face France.

The game against the French was perhaps one of the best games that the team commanded by its captain, Lionel Messi, had. Despite the fact that Griezmann opened the scoring very early from the penalty spot, the Argentines did not lower their arms and managed to turn the board around with goals from Ángel Di María and Gabriel Mercado, however, as if it were an avalanche, the The French turned it over in a matter of minutes. With a great goal from Benjamin Pavard and a brace from Kylian Mbappé, ‘Les Bleus’ took a considerable advantage and left the South Americans on the brink of knockout.

Almost at the end of the match against France, Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero would score the discount, however, it would be of no use, since there were only a few seconds left for the match to end. In this way, the Argentines said goodbye in the round of 16 of the World Cup, Russia 2018, stretching their bad streak of not being able to be World Champion to 32 years.


  • Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia (Tuesday 11/22, 4:00 p.m.). Lusail Stadium.
  • Argentina vs. Mexico (Saturday 11/25, 10.00). Education City.
  • Argentina vs. Poland (Wednesday 11/30, 4:00 p.m.). Lusail Stadium.


The Qatar 2022 World Cup will open on Monday, November 21 and the group stage will last twelve days with four games per day. The round of 16 will be played from December 3 to 6; the quarters from 8 to 10 and the semifinals on 13 and 14. The match for third place will be on Saturday 17 and the final the next day at the Lusail stadium.

Source: Elcomercio

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