x

Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 15 October 2018

WATCH: Lionel Messi sits out training as Argentina prepare for World Cup clash with France

Argentina trained at their team base near Moscow on Wednesday, a day after beating Nigeria 2-1 to earn what seemed an unlikely place in the World Cup knockout stages.

World Cup winners in 1978 and 1986, Argentina were on the brink of a humiliating early exit after drawing 1-1 with Iceland and losing 3-0 to Croatia, but Marcos Rojo's late winner against Nigeria means a mouthwatering last-16 clash with Group C winners France awaits them.

A large number of the senior players, including Lionel Messi, didn't take part in the training session in Bronnitsy on Tuesday as they recover and prepare for the France game.

PODCAST

________________

Read more on World Cup 2018:

World Cup 2018: Day 15 updates - Germany out, England take on Belgium

What next for Achilles the cat after error with Argentina victory over Nigeria?

In pictures: Maradona, tears and pandemonium as Argentina knock Nigeria out of World Cup

'I am fine': Maradona reassures fans after health scare in Argentina World Cup thriller