Argentina's Lionel Messi looks 'stressed and unhappy' - Pablo Zabaleta

26 June, 2018, 21:29 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Nigeria in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday

Messi and Argentina are in a must-win situation, they have to get maximum points to jump over Nigeria for second spot in Group D, if they get the win and Iceland does not beat Croatia in their final game, the South American side will play on in Russian Federation.

We may have told you several weeks ago that the World Cup had already been won by Nigeria (here's where we said it) but the Super Eagles captain knows that fashion and fun are side products of the reason they are in Russian Federation. It's put us in a spot where we depend on a result.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is convinced his team will beat Nigeria on Tuesday to turn their disastrous World Cup campaign around. The reports have suggested the coach would not be in charge of Tuesday's match as the players would select the team themselves.

Nigeria are looking to win successive World Cup games for the first time since 1998 - three points will also guarantee a place in the knockout stages for the fourth time.

Nigeria, the youngest squad at Russian Federation 2018 is up against an ageing Argentina squad led by arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi.

Albiceleste are on the verge of exiting the tournament except they defeat the Eagles and hope that Iceland lose to or draw with Croatia in the other group match.

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What is more, the five wins include a 2-0 success in 1998 against Tunisia - who Gareth Southgate's side face first up in Russian Federation on Monday.

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Marcos Rojo was the unlikely match-winner from a 50th minute corner and Argentina would progress all the way to the final, where Germany pipped them 1-0 in extra-time.

Argentina's fans were understandably distraught when their team were humiliated against Croatia, rendering victory against Nigeria an absolute necessity. Three years later, when Messi led Argentina to defeat Nigeria by the odd goal in the Men's Olympics Final in Beijing, Mikel was absent. "The next day, as a coach, all I thought about was winning", Sampaoli said.

With Croatia having already qualified from Group D, Nigeria and Argentina lock horns once again, this time at Saint Petersburg Stadium, with ambitions of reaching the knockout stages of Russian Federation 2018. But the African flagbearers are not a team to be easily brow-beaten, and have adopted an "Argentina Must Fall" motto since flaying Iceland in Volgograd.

When is the Argentina v/s Nigeria match in FIFA World Cup 2018? . "When we finished the last match I took responsibility for the loss", he said.

Kun is Argentina's only goalscorer so far, netting a superb opener in the 1-1 draw against Iceland.

"Nigeria played in two different styles". How do you live stream the World Cup 2018 online, or watch the World Cup 2018 for free on TV? "Tomorrow, I am sure that they will see the best version of Argentina at this World Cup".


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