Zabaleta: Messi doesn’t lose Barca magic with Argentina


The Super Eagles star scored two superb goals to hand Nigeria their first victory at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Achilles, who resides in the city's Hermitage museum, was held aloft for photographers then placed on a table in front of two bowls of food marked with Nigeria and Argentina flags.

According to 1986 World Cup victor, Ricardo Giusti, Burruchaga has confirmed that the coach has been stripped of his effective power ahead of the Nigeria game.Giusti said: "The players will decide the team, that's a fact".

It means they must beat Nigeria tonight and hope Iceland do not get a victory over group toppers Croatia.

Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final four years ago and consecutive Copa America finals in the following two years, but all three ended in defeat. Franco ARMANI plays in his first ever match for Argentina as he replaces Willy CABALLERO.

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Messi and his teammates face Nigeria in a crunch match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, with the Albiceste needing a win after drawing with Iceland in their opening match and losing 3-0 to Croatia in their second outing.

A month on from Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 back in November to highlight how reliant even a squad containing Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remain on their number 10.

"Were it not for CSKA, I would not have been in the World Cup".

"You have seen the team training, a lot of what you've said is clearly a lie", he intimated.

Iceland, on the other hand, lies at the third spot with 1 point courtesy to their hard-earned draw and is only separated from Argentina on better goal difference.