Tuesday, August 11, 2020
News

World Cup: Argentina faces do or die test against Nigeria (Preview)

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

St. Petersburg | Monday, 2018 3:45:05 PM IST
Lionel Messi's Argentina, languishing at the bottom of their group, will know that anything less than a win against Nigeria will knock them out of the FIFA World Cup, when the two sides meet in a Group D clash here on Tuesday.

Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in their last game and will fancy their chances against a low-key Argentina, who suffered a shock 0-3 thrashing by Croatia.

The pair have met five times in six World Cups.

A win against Argentina will guarantee Nigeria a place in the second round.

A draw may also be enough even if Iceland beat already-qualified Croatia, depending on goal difference.

For Argentina, they must beat Nigeria and also hope Iceland do not win against Croatia, as that could send them home again depending on goal difference.

Messi and Co. will have to improve by leaps and bounds to harbour any chance on Tuesday.

Messi, who turned 31 on Sunday, has looked undercooked in both games, been largely crowded off the ball and his penalty miss against Iceland was horrible to say the least. Against Croatia, the FC Barcelona talisman was anonymous.

"The team is lost," former Argentina international and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said in a leaked audio.

"What's happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors," he added.

--IANS dm/tri/bg

( 255 Words)

2018-06-25-15:24:08 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE SPORTS NEWS
Dream come true: Newly elected Elite pan...
NCA plans athlete-centric meeting with s...
PCB to approach CAS against reduction of...
Music to my ears: KL Rahul shares battin...
The team believes it can fight back: Mis...
Paris Saint-Germain agrees deal with Chi...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Sachin Pilot, Congress' rebel MLAs meet ...
Heat wave, rainfall deficit grip Kashmir...
Cong to form 3-member panel to hear Sach...
SC issues notice on plea on filling up v...
Gujarat CM announces new scheme to compe...
Goa AAP slams 'unholy nexus' between Con...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Odisha: Dharmapada Award presented ... 
Nearly one million stranded Indians... 
CBI raids 4 locations in Ambience M... 
Fought over ideological issues, str... 
Punjab CM terms party MP's charges ... 
Facebook unveils new group to pursu... 
Titan logs Rs 270 cr Q1 loss... 
Microsoft-TikTok deal may not happe...