Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo eliminated on same day

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So, another eventful day out at the World Cup for the two-time victor, though this time there were no stories of paramedic interventions and hospital visits, followed by a statement to confirm his good health.

It remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old will play at another World Cup following another dismal display by Argentina in Russian Federation.

Argentina's victory over Nigeria in their previous game that helped them enter the Round of 16 created quite a buzz on social media, however, amidst all the celebration football legend Diego Maradona made quite an appearances.

The two players who have dominated world football for the last decade are heading home from the World Cup in Russian Federation, as a dejected Cristiano Ronaldo joins his chief rival Lionel Messi in taking an early exit.

Fernando Santos threw on Andre Silva as Portugal tried to find a way through, but defensive duo Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez held a frustrated Ronaldo at bay, the Portugal captain picking up a late booking for dissent as his emotions ran overboard in the closing stages.

But Edinson Cavani had other ideas, scoring a pair of goals en route to a 2-1 Uruguay win over the Portugal.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the event, third-ranked Belgium won, adding even more firepower to the top half, while if England can get past Colombia they will fancy their chances of reaching a potential semi-final against 2010 winners Spain.

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"Sometimes it is inevitable because when one midfielder or striker goes towards the goal to shoot, you have to cut the play before".

Debate was still raging on over Japan's approach to their final group game against Poland after the Asian side sneaked into the last 16 on the back of their superior disciplinary record. This team fought until the very last minute and almost equalised at the end, and that's what I really value.

On Tuesday, Brazil will take on Mexico at 2am while Belgium will face Japan at 6pm.

"We had fewer yellow cards so we were able to progress".

"This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way".

Jorge Sampaoli has denied reports that Lionel Messi is deciding Argentina's team selection and tactics as he prepares to make a drastic change for Saturday's clash with France.

"Africa is going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions", he told the BBC in his role as a TV pundit.

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