Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?
26 June, 2018, 19:56 | Author: Lora Ball
Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host nation Russian Federation and Uruguay in the next round but technology grabbed centre stage.
Messi, 31, is yet to score or provide an assist at the showpiece event, while he had a penalty saved during a 1-1 draw with Iceland.
The maths is simple: if Argentina beat Nigeria and Iceland fail to win against Group D leaders Croatia, they will go through to the last 16. Croatia won 2-0 in Zagreb, while Iceland were victorious in Reykjavik (1-0) and went on to win the group, whereas Croatia qualified via the play-offs.
Argentina's struggles in Russian Federation come after their pre-tournament preparations were wrecked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on a top-heavy, limited squad.
"Having three players at Rostov will be good for our support and that makes a difference, as we saw when we beat Croatia at home. We have our own style of play and we are going to stick to it while being watchful on their long balls and set pieces", Dalic said.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, 1998 champions France take on Denmark in Moscow with top spot in Group C up for grabs. Only victory would give the country hope of progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland
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"We know everything about Iceland and they know everything about us".
"As his team-mate, I can say without any doubts that we have always been a better team when he has been there. I am convinced that the team is going to win tomorrow".
"We do not change how we prepare because of what is happening outside".
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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.
Lionel Messi is frustrated and desperate to turn Argentina's World Cup around, according to Javier Mascherano. But against a resurgent Nigeria - who in November beat Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar - they face a hard task.
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