Lionel Messi apologises for mistaking player for fan

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The Argentina duo, who are in Moscow preparing for Saturday's match against Russia at the newly-renovated Luzhniki stadium, were involved in the awkward mishap at the team's hotel in the Russian capital.

"We came here to play against a very disciplined and organised side", Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said.

Three minutes later, Aguero forced Akinfeev into a diving save to deny his attempt from just outside the box. We played a very intense game.

Messi made himself unavailable for worldwide matches after Argentina suffered defeat to Chile in the Copa America for the second straight tournament past year. We created resistance to the pressure our opponent put us under.

However, the protracted nature of Messi's new deal has taken an unexpected twist this week after he explained why it would be a dream to head back to his homeland and feature for Newell's before he calls time on his incredible career. He said: "It's complicated, we always said that".

"I think our defence played correctly from a tactical point of view but we were unable to start quality attacks, especially in the first half, when we had the ball".

As well as his training duties, Messi's time in Russian Federation this week has also been spent doing promotional work for sponsor Adidas, including at the unveiling of the official World Cup match ball in Moscow on Thursday.

Originally opened in 1956, Luzhniki was one of the venues for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Argentina play Nigeria in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, which will not host any World Cup matches next year, on November 14.

Cherchesov's men will continue their World Cup preparations against Spain in St Petersburg on Tuesday, while Argentina travel to Krasnodar to take on Nigeria on the same day.

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