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Argentina have last shot at World Cup salvation

26 June, 2018, 23:31 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

All is not lost for two time Champions Argentina however, if they do beat Nigeria on Tuesday they will finish second in Group D and will progress to the knock out stages.

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.

Throughout Argentina's most recent defeat, Messi certainly cut a forlorn figure - and the forward's current body language is a stark contrast to the days when he played exhilarating worldwide soccer, with a smile on his face.

Unlike for the opening draw against Iceland and the loss to Croatia, however, Sampaoli decided against revealing his hand 24 hours before kick-off, claiming he had yet to inform the players of his team but that it is "in his head".

Lionel Messi 's stunning WAG Antonella Roccuzzo has travelled to Russian Federation and will watch her husband's crunch match against Nigeria tonight from the stands amid rumours of a marriage crisis. But, his real test comes now, when he will need to put a masterclass performance against the 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina and help his nation qualify for the next round by winning the game at all costs.

This game will be played simultaneously with the Nigeria vs Argentina clash.

Argentina's Marcos Rojo found the side netting in the 86th minute against Nigeria to break a 1-1 tie.

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Will Argentina get the result they need on Tuesday night?

Argentina's World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread.

Iceland has to win vs. Croatia to have any chance.

Croatia have already won the group with two wins from two and a sublime goal difference, which could mean they rest key players for their next round match which looks like it could be either France or Denmark.

"The way the match was structured against Croatia didn't suit Messi", the coach said.

Their defence has been shocking, and their midfield has been useless at getting the ball to players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Cristian Pavon.

Someone else gushed: "Lionel Messi is the best player to ever grace football".

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