Argentina star is desperate and frustrated says Mascherano

Musa’s done more than Messi’ – Nigeria goal hero hands Argentina lifeline

Musa’s done more than Messi’ – Nigeria goal hero hands Argentina lifeline

Aguero has disappointed at the World Cup so far and is likely to drop to the bench in St Petersburg.

Diego Maradona has reportedly requested a meeting with the Argentina national team ahead of their final World Cup group stage game.

That was what worked for us in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

Speculation that Sampaoli had been sacked in the early hours of the morning after the devastating 3-0 defeat to Croatia - and that players had demanded Jorge Burruchaga, the general manager and a 1986 World Cup victor, should take over - were angrily dismissed by their FA's president, Claudio Tapia, who accused the media of "hurting the national team".

Argentina must beat Nigeria in their final group game and will have to make up a goal differential if Iceland beat Croatia.

The Super Eagles' 2-0 defeat of Iceland on Friday moved them second with three points, while both Iceland and Argentina have mustered just a solitary point apiece following their 1-1 draw on 16 June. After two rounds of fixtures, Group D is well poised with Croatia, the only team that has secured qualification.

He has a contract until 2022 and with the Argentina FA in severe financial difficulties, would usually expect to lose his job if they are eliminated.

Victories by both Argentina and Iceland would mean the second spot in Group D would come down to goal difference, which Argentina now trail by one. With players like Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di María, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala, Cristian Pavón, Maximiliano Meza and Ever Banega, Argentina should be terrorizing opponents on the attack.

For Argentina, all eyes are once again on Lionel Messi.

Disappointed Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov said it was better to lose heavily now than in future games but added: "Psychologically we are well prepared for the next games". We are not saying Argentina is in this situation because of Lionel Messi.

Sampaoli is reported to have met with the Argentine FA President Caludio Tapa, who has given the coach his backing.

Even if Iceland claim a first ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference. "I know that if you go into a game and you don't really enjoy it then it is very hard to play well". The backline is nearly embarrassing to watch and looked really under-confident against Croatia.

However, Jorge Sampaoli's side have looked poor throughout the tournament and were thrashed 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday.

Lionel Messi is a couple of hours away from one of the biggest games of his worldwide career.

"They are going to come all out and (use) every tactic that they know to win a game". Will Argentina finally step up or is Nigeria going to do the unthinkable?

On the Nigerian squad, Leicester City star Ahmed Musa has been pegged as one of the top players to watch in the upcoming match. Argentina needs some confidence building and if it doesn't happen now, it probably won't happen at all.

There is no better opportunity than now for Argentina's players to step up and maybe create a legacy of their own.

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