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Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Nigeria in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday

Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Nigeria in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday

Messi missed a penalty against Iceland as Argentina drew 1-1 in their opening game in Russian Federation and then was then ineffective against Croatia as they were beaten 3-0 last Thursday.

Manager Jorge Sampaoli has made five changes for the must-win game and set out a 4-4-2 stall.

While Volgograd, venue of Friday's match with Iceland, was just what the doctor prescribed for Nigeria, St. Petersburg will pose a different condition as it is predicted to be far colder than anything the Super Eagles have encountered in the last six months. And he will hope his showing against the Vikings help him tie down a starting spot on Tuesday. There are no small or big players in a match.

- To qualify for the Round of 16, Argentina need to beat Nigeria and hope that Iceland lose to Croatia. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.

Both Group D games can be seen Tuesday at 1pm et/10am pt, Nigeria and Argentina can be found across the TSN Network, while Croatia will battle Iceland on TSN2.

Former Eagles midfielder Friday Ekpo said the Argentines would want to make a statement against Nigeria.

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.

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After losing 5-0 in their opener, Saudi Arabia could be in for an even worse scoreline against a significantly better opponent. The Saudi Arabian national team's rough start to World Cup continued on Tuesday, as the team's plane caught fire in midair.

The coach revealed that every member of his team is fit and ready for the clash, adding, however, that Mikel Obi will play with a cast in his hand because of a slight fracture he suffered in the last game against Iceland.

"Sometimes I do have to enter into that virtual world to deal with facts and realities that can't be changed, such as Argentina not winning against Croatia".

Argentina are now enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history (D2 L2) and have never previously gone through a first-round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before.

It could go right down to the wire before we find out who will join Croatia in the Round of 16 from a very competitive Group D.

All the two matches would be played at the same time.

It's a pretty dire situation to be in and one that no one expected from Argentina heading into the World Cup. "But the question for us is not if it's the last World Cup for him", Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr told reporters on Monday.

Now at Manchester United (somehow), Sergio Romero remains Argentina's first-choice goalkeeper but he was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury.

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