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Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

France, Spain among Round of 16 favourites on World Cup odds

France, Spain among Round of 16 favourites on World Cup odds

Mascherano made his global debut in 2003 and went on to appear 147 times for his country.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday as French teenager Kylian Mbappe flew the flag for a new generation in Russian Federation.

His individual trophy collection is nearly more impressive though, winning five Ballon d'Ors and his goal record over the years is among the greatest in the history of the game. Then, after Marcos Rojo's 86th-minute victor secured Argentina's place in the last 16, he made a middle-finger gesture with both hands.

The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight.

"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.

Portugal will take part in the inaugural UEFA Nations League later this year, beginning against Italy in September.

The two titans of world football are out of the World Cup on the same day.

Santos had earlier told reporters on his talismanic forward: "Cristiano still has a lot to give to football".

Ronaldo struck a hat-trick in his opening game - a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, including a brilliant late free kick to level the match.

Croatia is coming off a stunning 3-0-0 run through the group stage, but own a middling 2-1-2 record in five all-time meetings with Denmark, who trail as distant +400 underdogs in Sunday's matchup.

The one moment that will remain in the memory was his sublime goal against Nigeria, where he controlled a cross-field ball with his thigh, showing incredible technique, before a deft second touch and pinpoint finish.

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