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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

Lionel Messi and Argentina train ahead of France showdown - in pictures

The double world champions are in action against 1998 winners in the second round of the World Cup of Saturday

Argentina got through the knockout stages at the World Cup by the skin of their teeth as they beat Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the competition in Russia.

Jorge Sampaoli's side trained on Friday as they prepare for Saturday's second-round tie with France in Kazan.

All focus was on Lionel Messi. Argentina's inspirational forward was at the centre of his side's training session as they seek to avoid an early exit from the competition, which would be their worst performance at a World Cup since 2002 if they lose on Saturday.

The game kicks off at 6pm UAE time on Saturday.

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