Last chance saloon for Messi, Argentina


Nigeria, second in the group with three points, need to win to guarantee their progress but could also go through with a draw if Iceland do not beat Croatia. Sometimes, I do have to enter the virtual world to tell there are realities, facts that can't be changed.

"For us it's a momentous game, I think both teams are going to do everything possible to qualify, that makes the match very attractive." he said at his pre-match press conference.

On Tuesday, Argentina faces a do-or-die match against Nigeria.

The team have been undermined by a broader crisis afflicting the Argentine game, tangled up with politics and a power struggle in the AFA (Argentine Football Association) management that broke out in 2014.

The defeat left Argentina, as well as the career of its star player Lionel Messi, on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit.

Messi leads Argentina into a must-win Tuesday game against Nigeria at St. Petersburg Stadium, where the African team would advance out of Group D with a victory.

Lionel Messi is "unhappy" at the World Cup, with the pressure of Argentina's hopes at the tournament weighing on his shoulders, according to his former team-mate Pablo Zabaleta.

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Petersburg Arena, the Brazil number 10 will sport a new, cropped design. "He is resuming a process". Brazil coach Tite has admitted Neymar could need five games under his belt to get back to his best.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has declared that the team must be on the attack against Argentina in their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D clash in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday and take the chances in a bid to reach the round of 16.

Nigeria made no changes to the team that beat Iceland 2-0, with coach Gernot Rohr signalling his intent to attack rather than sit back and defend.

Held to a draw by tiny Iceland - with Messi missing a penalty - and humbled by Croatia, Jorge Sampaoli's men could already be packing their bags.

"I've been sharing my room with Willy, we've been sharing the training sessions and spending time together day after day", he said. Anything less will be another worldwide failure for Argentina and for Messi. We don't know what are true, what are lies, there are so many people speaking.

Asked about his coach's claims, Aguero snapped: "Let Sampaoli say what he wants".

"Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness", said Miguel Angel Gutierrez, a 50-year-old Argentina supporter in Buenos Aires.