Nigeria vs Argentina: No mercy for Messi, insist Eagles

Nigeria vs Argentina: No mercy for Messi, insist Eagles”

A point will see the Green Falcons qualifying to the Round of 16 for the second year in a row unless Iceland defeats Croatia by a goal margin of more than 2. Ball possession: Nigeria, 24%; Argentina, 76%.

Messi's personal struggles in Russian Federation began with a missed penalty in Argentina's opening game, then a miserably uncharacteristic showing against Croatia when he only touched the ball 47 times.

The Argentines have scored just one goal in their two matches, and have conceded four times.

After a commanding victory over Iceland in their last match, Nigeria are likely to retain all the players from the game against Argentina, meaning there is unlikely to be a place for Alex Iwobi or Odion Ighalo in the starting lineup.

Nigeria's fate is under their own control, and they may feel they only need a point to progress. Mikel will play with cast because he has a minor fracture of the hand.

Nigeria will qualify with awin over Argentina.

Rohr hopes Ahmed Musa would lead the three-time African champions to victory as he did with his sublime brace in the 2-0 defeat of Iceland on Friday.

Federico Fazio was on the bench for the first two games and could start against Nigeria.

While Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are set to retain their places in attack, Sampaoli will be pondering further changes in personnel in midfield and other attacking areas. The likes of Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria & Gonzalo Higuain will be drafted in from the start.

Argentina's do-or-die clash against Nigeria today can be a launch pad for the team in Russian Federation following a woeful start to the World Cup, insisted defiant coach Jorge Sampaoli.

It's a pretty dire situation to be in and one that no one expected from Argentina heading into the World Cup.

What Time Is Argentina Playing Today? I was humbled by the opportunity to share a few minutes again with the team on the eve of another great encounter here at the World Cup.

The Hapoel Be'er Sheva midfielder, who missed out on the 2014 World Cup is living out the dream in the ongoing 2018 World Cup, noting that it is an honour to play for Nigeria.

What's more, in most of the country you can watch the 2018 World Cup games for free on Fox or Telemundo even if you don't have cable.

It was skipper Lionel Messi - often derided for his below-par performance with the national side - who came to the rescue with a hat-trick in the 3-1 win in the South American qualifiers.

"We hope this is Messi's last game (at the World Cup) because as much as we enjoy him as a player, it's our only chance to go through", explained Idowu. If he does the same against Nigeria, all might be forgotten, and the team can reset going into the knockout stages.

A loss or draw for La Albiceleste will see the South Americans sent home, although their World Cup campaign has already been covered in disappointment.

This prediction of an Argentina win comes because the South Americans have nearly always performed when their backs have been against the wall. For some reason, despite it being present against Croatia as well, La Albiceleste did seem like a relaxed side and did not perform very well.

Now, in this do-or-die game against Nigeria, expect this Argentina side to come together and perform at the highest level.

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