PREVIEW: Argentina - Nigera: Will Messi start 'messing' defenders up? Featured
26 Jun

PREVIEW: Argentina - Nigera: Will Messi start 'messing' defenders up?

Argentina's World Cup campaign could already have been all but over, but the Abiceleste have one final 90 minutes to stay alive when they face Nigeria at the St Petesberg Stadium on Tuesday.
 
The South Americans head into the game knowing that only a win could possibly send them to the knockout stages of the competition and ultimately send Nigeria packing.
 
The Super Eagles had a poor start to the tournament but produced one of the most electrifying second half to see off Iceland, thanks to Ahmed Musah's brace and his terrific pace on the day.
 
The Leicester city player proved to be the main attacking brain of the team and is expected to spearhead the Africans dream of making impact in Russia.
 
Gernot Rohr's side normally starts slowly before the break and must improve their first half display to conquer the Argentines.
 
Argentina are in mini crisis with reporters saying there is unrest in the dressing room after their shambolic display against potential group winners Croatia.
 
The Lionel Messi led side have met Nigeria four times in World Cup group stages, coming out victorious in all.
 
Having received severe backclash from fans all over the world, the 31-year-old is under enormous pressure to be on top form for his team on Tuesday with his former team-mate at Barcelona, Javier Mascherano suggesting their talisman is poised for action.
 
"Leo is fine, he is a human who has his frustrations because things havent worked out,.but so are we all," said the veteran enforcer.
 
The South Americans will be roaring from the early stages of the game and it is up to the Nigerians to show character and soak off the pressure before settling into the game.
 
Nigeria's Predicted XI: Omeruo,Ekong,Balogun,Ebuehi,Mikel,Ndidi,Moses,Etebo,Musa,Iheanacho
 
Argentina Predicted XI: Caballero,Salvio,Otamendi,Rojo,Tagliafico,Macherano,Perez,Di Maria,Messi,Dybala,Higuain
 
By: Ishaak Hussein Shakino
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