'No Mercy' For Messi, Says Rohr Ahead Of Nigeria, Argentina Showdown

ARGENTINA 5-2 NIGERIA Super Eagles Seek First Competitive Win Over Familiar Foes

ARGENTINA 5-2 NIGERIA Super Eagles Seek First Competitive Win Over Familiar Foes

The third round of World Cup group matches continues today, with one of the top matches being Nigeria versus Argentina.

After drawing with Iceland and being thrashed by Croatia the South Americans must beat Nigeria in St Petersburg and hope Croatia hold off Iceland in the other match to progress from Group D.

If Argentina and Nigeriadraw, Iceland will advanceif it beats Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than Nigeria.

Ighalo knows full well just how much is riding on his side's clash with La Albiceleste, and is confident of booking a spot in the next round. I am convinced that the team will go out tomorrow with a lot of energy to win the game.

"I am the coach so the next day I started to think about how we can win tomorrow as a team".

After Argentina's shock 3-0 defeat to Croatia last week, Lionel Messi's FIFA World Cup appeared to be at a premature ending.

Argentina will be eliminated unless it beats the African team in St. Petersburg on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), with speculation that the 31-year-old Messi could retire from the national team if his side loses.

After a disappointing draw against Iceland in their opening game and a crushing defeat in the second at the hands of Croatia, Argentina still harbour hopes of qualifying for the next round.

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John Ogu, however, admitted that the Argentines have good players.

Nigeria's most recent encounter with Argentina came in November 2017, with the Super Eagles winning 4-2 in Krasnodar, thanks in part to a brace from Alex Iwobi.

Fans are praying that they see the real Lionel Messi in a game when Argentina need him the most.

"We've put the last result past us and are working hard for the next game, it's the game of our lives".

If the players around him are struggling, Messi is likely to struggle too. "He will be ready but we will plead with Federation Internationale de Football Association to allow him to play with a cast".

Javier Mascherano, veteran of three World Cups, understands the magnitude of the task ahead and said: "We know the situation is tricky". The current team is nothing to compare with that team but there are certain characteristics common to all Argentina teams like their tenacity, never say die attitude and readiness to fight dirty and win by all means necessary including conning the referee to get favours.

"I would love of course to swap jerseys with him but I would love to swap jerseys with many players in the Argentinean side".

The Hapoel Be'er Sheva midfielder, who missed out on the 2014 World Cup is living out the dream in the ongoing 2018 World Cup, noting that it is an honour to play for Nigeria.

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