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Iniesta sits alone on the pitch hours after the game

"La Albiceleste" recorded a 4-0 victory against Haiti as Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick, taking his worldwide tally to an impressive 64 goals.

Following the match, Messi was quoted by the Argentina Football Association's website as saying: "I have no doubt that we are going to grow".

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"We have players with talent and experience". Messi returned to the scoring column in the 58th minute.

Since then they've lost two Copa America finals to Chile on penalty shootouts, with Messi missing in the 2016 edition of the competition. The diverse field raring to compete in Russian Federation can help make up for unwanted neutrality with a sea of high expectations (looking at you, Brazil) and underdog tales (let's go, Iceland!).

They are part of Group D, which also includes Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor added: "In a World Cup, logic is nearly never given".

Messi has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Barca, however, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is still searching for his first major senior title with Argentina.

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"We're not going as favourites because we had a complicated time in the qualifiers, but we are training well and we will give it our all".

"We are going with a great squad that is becoming strong at the team and individual level. This is a lovely opportunity and we're going to give it our all".

"Peru is ready to face any team in the world", manager Ricardo Gareca told reporters.

Michael O'Neill handed debuts to three players, all from the bench, and his team were fortunate that Edgar Joel Barcenas' first-half header came back off the crossbar on an evening of celebration for the Panamanians ahead of their first World Cup.

Peru are now unbeaten in 13 games but have been drawn in one of the most hard pools in Russian Federation, alongside France, Denmark and Australia in Group C.

In Panama City, Northern Ireland were unable to spoil Panama's World Cup send-off party as the hosts drew with another home nation ahead of facing England in Russian Federation next month.

"I'm not the one who decides when we play and who we play", Sampaoli said after the victory against Haiti at La Bombonera.

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