Iceland up against complacent Croatia

Iceland up against complacent Croatia

Only victory over the Super Eagles - a country they have beaten in four previous World Cups - at Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday will give Argentina and star man Lionel Messi a chance of remaining in Russian Federation for the knockout stages.

Croatia, however, has already qualified as group winners.

Iceland have made three changes, with Jon Bordvarsson being left on the bench to leave Alfred Finnbogason as a lone striker in front of a five-man midfield.

After struggling in their first two games of the World Cup, Argentina need a win against Nigeria in the final group fixture to stand a chance of reaching the knockout stages. "With our hearts", said Argentina's coach Jorge Sampaoli. Anything less will be another global failure for Argentina and for Messi. Interestingly, a day earlier to Argentina's match against Iceland Ronaldo's hat-trick helped Portugal earn a thrilling 3-3 draw.

"Like it or not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it". If Argentina draw or win, it will all come down to goal difference. "In the rules it doesn't say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo".

Captain Lionel Messi, who turned 31 on Sunday, has cut a miserable figure so far, missing a penalty against Iceland and making no impact against the Croats. Image: PA Maradona also refers to Messi's 2014 World Cup outing where he was named player of the tournament.

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Cilic had looked imperious throughout his run to the final and made his move in the seventh game of the opening set. I'm grateful, as well, that I'm able to play so many matches and to win so many matches in my career.

"But, we have to take care because we have some players on yellow cards, so I will change the line-up". We don't know what are true, what are lies, there are so many people speaking. If Nigeria win, Iceland will go out.

"We are going to try and improve that and we are sure that is not going to happen tomorrow".

"It's been a very hard week after that defeat, which was painful for us", he said. Messi scored twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago.

Elsewhere, Willy Caballero, thrust into the No. 1 spot after the pre-tournament loss to injury of first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero, was so poor against Croatia that the uncapped Franco Armani, who accompanied Sampaoli at the press conference, is expected to make his debut against Nigeria.

By his own high standards, Messi has been way below his usual level in Argentina's first two matches.

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