World Cup or Eurovision, Iceland keep on hoping

26 June, 2018, 22:23 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • GETTYLionel Messi has been slammed for his World Cup flop

Group D is poised for an interesting final set of games with every side given a chance of progressing but Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria will all be needing help from elsewhere if they want to progress.

Among many permutations, the most simple is that Argentina must win and hope Iceland do not beat Croatia, in order to definitely qualify.

It is understood that several players approached Argentine FA president Claudio Tapia to ask that Sampaoli be either sacked or give them a voice in team selection.

However, bouncing back will take a huge improvement in performance and strength of character so far unseen from the two-time world champion in Russian Federation. They might be able to snatch a win here, but don't be surprised if Peru come away from the tournament having bagged at least a point in their final game.

Messi, during Argentina's opening game against Iceland, missed an opportunity to put his side 2-1 up.

Lionel Messi's abject performances are an equally-important issue.

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Croatia, however, has already qualified as group winners. "But, we have to take care because we have some players on yellow cards, so I will change the line-up".

He didn't score in the 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup final four years ago, and was on the losing team in the Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016.

Messi may be struggling to inspire his side in Russian Federation but it was the Barcelona star who who netted Argentina's first spot-kick of a semi-final shootout against Netherlands.

Goalkeeper Franco Armani will make his debut for Argentina as one of five changes for its must-win game against Nigeria at the World Cup.

"I don't care what other teams are saying".

A World Cup exit in the group stages of the biggest football event would severely diminish his claim to the throne of world's best footballer, one he has resolutely fought for with a certain Portuguese superstar.

A win against Argentina will guarantee Nigeria a place in the second round. "The next day, as a coach, all I thought about was winning", Sampaoli said.

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