Nigeria game a definitive moment in Messi’s career

Nigeria game a definitive moment in Messi’s career

Nigeria game a definitive moment in Messi’s career

Struggling to make their mark, Iceland will aim for nothing less than a win when they take on already-qualified Croatia in their last Group D clash at the Rostov Arena in Russian Federation on Tuesday.

Iceland have the ability to progress, too; if Argentina and Nigeria draw, and the European underdogs beat Croatia by three clear goals, they will progress.

With only one point after two matches, Argentina are on the brink of an early exit from the World Cup.

The two-time world champions will hopefully improve going forward if they can find a way to get Lionel Messi and their other forwards more involved, but there's little they can do to solve their problems at the back.

"It is going to be a hard game for them, we have to fight together and do everything possible to beat them in that game despite they have good players and are a quality side".

The Scandinavians go into the game, needing to win to qualify for the next round, after they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw and lost 2-0 to Nigeria.

Under fire Lionel Messi has received backing from Diego Maradona.

Argentina were drawn in a tough group alongside England, Sweden and Nigeria and made a promising start with victory over the African nation.

"But I don't live in the virtual world and consume lies and fake news", he continued.

Besides Spain, Portugal, Russia and Uruguay the other teams already assured last 16 status before their final round of group matches are France, Croatia, England and Belgium.

"I think that match was complicated for Leo, the structure of the game did not favor him", Sampaoli told reporters during a pre-match press conference in Saint Petersburg. "When we finished the last match I took responsibility for the loss", he said.

Tying one's first game at a World Cup doesn't have to be a big deal.

A month after Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a November friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 to highlight how reliant even a squad containing such coveted attacking talent as Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remains on its superstar No 10.

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

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