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“We have to approach every game like we’re playing the best team in the world. These are top sides. No international game is easy. For us, we’re not focusing on the next game, we’ve got to get through against Colombia. They are a dangerous side and we have got to get through that and not look into the future.”
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernández, Kanté, Pogba, Mbappé, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud
Argentina: Armani, Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Mascherano, E Pérez, Banega, Pavón, Messi, Di María
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It was inevitable that, at some point, the conversation with Gareth Southgate would turn to the most harrowing ordeal of his professional life and the reasons why the England manager, after two decades of living with the consequences, is so determined to make sure his team will not fall into the same trap.
Sánchez endured a dreadful start to the tournament, getting sent off three minutes into their defeat against Japan:
According to the Associated Press, Salah showed no sign of anger and posed for photos and signed autographs. Photos circulated online showed dozens of fans appearing outside Salah’s home after his arrival with Egypt’s national team from Russia following a disappointing World Cup showing.
The state-run Al Ahram newspaper reported the number of fans kept increasing, reaching the hundreds, and police had to intervene to disperse the crowds.
“The problem is that a yellow card is subjective … and some referees tend to be stricter and give more yellow cards than others,” he said. “So, if a team plays in a match with a stricter referee, they will be at a disadvantage.
“For me there is another way … counting corners. It’s a technical criteria and to win corners you have to attack, you have to play football.”
Japan’s final group stage match, a 1-0 defeat by Poland, ended in farce as they stopped playing in effect, thereby avoiding picking up bookings or red cards that would have jeopardised their second-place finish. “They wouldn’t have done that if corners had been used,” said Coelho.