Nigeria vs Argentina: Eagles face wounded Argentina in make-or-mar tie

Nigeria vs Argentina: Eagles face wounded Argentina in make-or-mar tie

Numbers of final group game wins Nigeria have achieved in five previous attempts (Nigeria 2-0 Greece, 1994), and fastest final group-stage goal the Super Eagles have conceded, scored in the first minute by Celso Ayala of Paraguay in 1998.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Gernot Rohr or Jorge Sampaoli?

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have now won six games at the World Cup and all of them have come against European oppositions. It's put us in a spot where we depend on a result.

Reports claim Lionel Messi and Co demanded the head of the former Chile boss - and wanted the Argentine FA to replace him with general manager and 1986 World Cup victor Jorge Barruchaga.

"Sometimes, when you play for a draw, you get punched in the face late in the day".

The South American giants must defeat the Super Eagles to stand any chance of progressing to the next round, and even that might not be enough if Iceland earn three points against already-qualified Croatia.

Ten summers ago, Argentina's best young players took on their Nigerian equivalents for one of the greatest prizes in sport. But Ndidi has performed well in both, and he is much better suited for this matchup against Argentina than Nigeria's more offensive-minded midfielders are.

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Also defender Brian Idowu noted that the Eagles will focus on their game, rather crisis in the Argentina team.

In order to reach the last 16 Argentina need to beat Nigeria and then hope that Croatia - who are expected to play a weakened team - don't lose to Iceland.

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero has had a nightmare tournament so far, in particular when he gave the ball away cheaply to allow Croatia to open the scoring in the second game and Sampaoli said he would not hesitate in dropping his experienced players.

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.

Argentina play Nigeria in their final group game, a match which could go on to decide the fates of both the sides.

"I took responsibility for the defeat and I am totally confident that we are going to win and secure the victory". Argentina, with one point from two games so far, have lurched from insipid to chaotic.

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. Anything less than a victory will see Argentina being knocked out of the group stages in World Cup for the first time since 2002.

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