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Argentina had a 2-1 lead early in the second half but France rallied to win 4-3 and become the first team to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Pegged as +190 underdogs on Saturday, Portugal has looked ordinary at times during their 3-5-1 run, and in the group stage relied heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored four of the squad's five goals to remain a +450 bet on the World Cup top goalscorer odds.

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Given their ages - Messi is 31 and Ronaldo 33 - this could be the last the world sees of the pair, who have monopolized the world player of the year award for the last 10 years, on the biggest stage of all.

The Pavon-Messi partnership would add more movement to the Argentine side in general, something which they have struggled with in their three games so far.

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Fear not, though, because the round of 16 starts on Saturday, with two crackers lined up. Ultimately, though, the prospect of meeting Germany in the quarter-finals is no more.

Mascherano made his worldwide debut in 2003 and went on to appear 147 times for his country. 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. "There is a tournament in September, the UEFA (Nations League) and we hope he will be with us to help the younger ones to grow", he told reporters.

Both now depart the tournament with sour tastes in their mouths and having extended, perhaps forever, their record of never hitting the back of the net during a World Cup knockout game.

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

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