Significance of Nigeria match not lost on Argentina boss

Significance of Nigeria match not lost on Argentina boss

"But, we have to take care because we have some players on yellow cards, so I will change the line-up".

In the United Kingdom, the action will be streamed via the BBC website or the ITV Hub. "I am totally convinced that team will go onto the pitch with great energy to secure a victory".

Messi has struggled in Russian Federation thus far, missing a penalty in his side's 1-1 draw with Iceland, before struggling in the stunning 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

The problem, of course, is that while Messi has won nine La Liga titles and five UEFA Champions League crowns with Barcelona, he hasn't led Argentina to a World Cup title.

It's going to be another hard-fought contest for Australia.

They are all nearly certainly set to watch this final group game from the sidelines. Sampaoli is struggling to control his squad and impose his methods and tactical demands; the coach caused confusion by switching tactics and formations vs. Croatia after a 1-1 opening-game draw with Iceland.

The 2014 World Cup final in Brazil was supposed to be Lionel Messi's crowning moment, the chance for him to take his place alongside Diego Maradona in Argentina's pantheon of heroes.


It meant they arrived in Russian Federation with a 4-0 win against 104th-ranked Haiti in May as their only outing since an ominous 6-1 loss to Spain in March.

Musa can wreak havoc on their back line with his pace, and if he's as clinical as he was in his last match, he could put Argentina out of their misery early on.

In Russia, Argentina's defence has looked vulnerable at best, and against Croatia they imploded completely.

A draw will see France remain at the top of the group.

Of those changes, Dalić's side have six players - Sime Vrsaljko, Verdan Corluka, Ante Rebic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic - who are one booking away from suspension.

He scored the winning goals against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iran (in the last minute) in group play and struck twice in the 3-2 win over Nigeria in the round of 16.

Iceland face Croatia at Rostov Arena at 9 p.m. local time (1800GMT). Argentina, who are at the bottom of Group D, need a win to progress to the knockout stages.

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