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WATCH: Lionel Messi trains with Argentina ahead of last-16 World Cup clash with France

Argentina held their last training session in their Bronnitsy base camp on Friday before heading to Kazan

Argentina held their last training session in their Bronnitsy base camp on Friday before heading to Kazan for their World Cup last-16 match against France.

Jorge Samapaoli's men will look to secure a decisive victory to avoid becoming the first of the last-16 teams to be eliminated.

Captain and talisman Lionel Messi, who sat out training on Wednesday's training session following his exploits in Argentina's last-gasp 2-1 victory over Nigeria that ensured qualification from Group D, took part in several drills.

The Barcelona forward opened the scoring for Argentina with a contender for goal of the tournament, controlling the ball with his thigh before taking another touch an firing across Francis Uzoho's goal

France, who topped Group C with seven points following wins over Australia, Peru and then picking up a point against Denmark, have largely underwhelmed in Russia, but boast an array of world-class attacking talent in Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

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Updated: June 30, 2018 01:25 PM

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