"This story is over. We gave it all to the end It was a crazy game that did not start well, but we recovered and we turned it around, but their binding target has done us so much damage.
It has cost us so much I will be another fan of the Argentine national team from now on. It's over. The illusion is broken. It's time to say goodbye and join the younger players. "  La Albiceleste had a traumatic World Cup when they opened their campaign with a draw against Icel and they had to qualify in Group D with a 3-0 defeat by Croatia, beating Nigeria 2-1 They managed to jump into the second round, where they were defeated on Saturday in a thriller with 4: 3.  The defeat was Mascherano's 147th international appearance for Argentina, which he was by Indy Football by far the strongest player:
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Javier Mascherano won more caps (147) for Argentina than any other player in history.
A legend bends. #WorldCup https://t.co/AXDEps0dUN
The 34-year-old, however, found it hard to compete against the Bleus and was fortunate enough not to make a second reservation during the match. He was seen yellow in the first half due to a foul on N & Golo Kante and a number of other tough tackles in the first half.
Mark Ogden of ESPN FC said he deserved at least one more booking:
The 2018 World Cup was a step too far for Mascherano, who left in January for the Chinese Super League team Barcelona Hebei China Fortune
The midfielder has lost track of the pace and was guilty of putting the ball in to sink dangerous areas. He conceded a penalty against Nigeria and was suspended in that game, which would mean he would be suspended for the quarter-finals if Argentina had won against France.
However, Mascherano's determination and commitment to the cause can not be questioned contributing to the team, as the journalist Daniel Edwards noted:
Daniel Edwards ? @ DanEdwardsGoal
I'm from the Pro -Mascherano / anti-Mascherano debate after the game fascinated. Seems he was either terrible against Nigeria (my thoughts) or MOTM. Is that the famous gulf conjured up by huevismo, @ robbro7?
The midfielder will miss as he has played four World Cups in Argentina and is slipping as one of the midfielders.
Argentina's exit from Russia is likely to change within the team after they failed to impress. Coach Jorge Sampaoli, however, seems to be staying on as he said after the game he did not want to "devalue" by Sport .