Argentina starting eleven confirmed, Lionel MESSI and Gonzalo HIGUAIN start

Achilles the cat chose Nigeria during an attempt to predict the result of their FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Argentina

Achilles the cat chose Nigeria during an attempt to predict the result of their FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Argentina

But Mascherano said earlier that Argentina's players would work with Sampaoli to find a solution to the problems that have plagued the 2014 runners-up.

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes battle it out in World Cup Predictor ahead of Denmark-France, Nigeria-Argentina and more.

With maximum points in Russian Federation following wins over Nigeria and Argentina, group leaders Croatia have already claimed one of the group's berths in the Round of 16.

Roccuzzo has watched Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign from her home city of Rosario, in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe so far but has travelled to St Petersburg for tonight's match.

Sampaoli said he had been made to feel like a "criminal" by critics, but that there was no mutiny within the squad and he was still a coach "with enthusiasm and a clear idea what I want to achieve". Argentina will be going all out for the win too, so Nigeria keeping a clean sheet doesn't look promising either.

Messi missed a penalty in his country's opening 1-1 draw against Iceland in Group D and cut an increasingly forlorn figure as they unravelled to 3-0 defeat against Croatia last week.

Others said that Musa had actually served Messi's World Cup cause more than his Argentinian teammates. He switched formations - to a shape that didn't suit Lionel Messi - and his personnel.

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Meanwhile, Hareide said his pre-tournament critical remarks about Tuesday's opponents France were "taken out of context". If you read the whole article, you would have seen I was comparing this team with the 1998 team", Hareide said.

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This Adidas commercial celebrating the MVP award, narrated by James Harden's mom, is pretty awesome. Harden beat out fellow finalists Anthony Davis and LeBron James .

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Though, in our Argentina vs Croatia match preview, we estimated that the fixture would be the most important game in Lionel Messi's career, we stand corrected (having witnessed the results of it).

"His body language was completely the opposite before the Croatia game".

"I think it's getting harder for Leo to play for Argentina", Zabaleta added.

And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major global tournament. They opened with a poor showing against Iceland as they played out a 1-1 draw, but things got even worse on Thursday.

Pablo Zabaleta was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. For some people, and for parts of the media, you have to win - just reaching the final is not acceptable.

Messi, who has scored 64 goals in 126 appearances for the Albiceleste, previously retired from worldwide football after the 2016 Copa America final.

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