Argentina's Lionel Messi scores their first goal REUTERS/Sergio Perez
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KAZAN, Russia: Like any other team preparing to play Argentina, France face the Lionel Messi question: How to stop the five-time world player of the year?Unlike many of their rivals at the World Cup, though, France have an answer: a center-half pairing of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti.France, who play Argentina for a spot in the quarterfinals Saturday in Kazan, have been misfiring since the start of the tournament, scoring just three goals in their group matches.Varane, a regular starter for Real Madrid, has vast experience of playing against Messi.Asked if these defenders' knowledge would give France an edge against the two-time World Cup champions, France coach Didier Deschamps said it could be useful.As a player, Deschamps was confronted with a similar problem when France beat a Brazil team led by Ronaldo 3-0 to win the 1998 World Cup.
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