Messi's Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption
Jun 26 2018
Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest footballer in history, has had a miserable World Cup and must turn it around immediately to save Argentina from a humiliating early exit from the tournament.
The Barcelona star, however, has failed to showcase his genius in Russian Federation so far, as Iceland and Croatia have managed to keep him sedated.
Group C also finishes on Tuesday with France looking to secure top spot with a win or draw against Denmark in Moscow, while Australia could still make the knockout rounds if they beat Peru in Sochi. "I know it'll be a war against me", said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 finals in South Africa.
The match will be the fifth meeting between Argentina and Nigeria at the World Cup, and Argentina has won the last four. We predict one goal apiece, and bettors should take the under.
"If we don't say what we think, we're going to get to the game with a lot of insecurities".
Despite the bluster, Rohr is expected to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation, moving away from the more attacking 3-5-2 system employed in the win over Iceland.
The Russian showpiece has been a flawless storm of pressure for Messi, as not only has he struggled after missing a penalty against Iceland but Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible return of four goals in two games has put the spotlight on the Argentine even more.
The team were completely disjointed, discribed by Cesc Fabregas as having five attackers and five defenders with no midfield as Modric controlled the game.
Croatia is through after two victories.
Will Argentina manage to qualify? A point would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia.
Lionel Messi has failed to reach the heights that have made him a legend at club team Barcelona, failing to score a goal while also missing a penalty kick.
Musa was restricted to just half an hour off the bench in Nigeria's opening defeat to Croatia but seized his chance when included in the starting XI against Iceland on Friday afternoon.
A 3-0 thrashing by Croatia after Argentina opened with a 1-1 draw against Iceland saw calls for Sampaoli to be sacked amid reports of player unrest at his tactics and team selection.