Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?

Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?

After giving Argentina an early lead in the team's game against Nigeria this evening, Lionel Messi has become the first player to score a World Cup goal as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s.

The quickest World Cup own goal was netted by Sead Kolašinac after just two minutes and 10 seconds for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Argentina in 2014.

Ahmed Musa's two-goal show in Nigeria's win over Iceland on Friday earned him a new nickname in Argentina - Lionel Musa.

The Super Eagles will face the Argentines for the fourth time in the World Cup at the St. Petersburg stadium on Tuesday.

"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain".

Nigeria, meanwhile, looked impressive in beating Iceland 2-0 and pose a huge threat to Argentina's World Cup hopes.

Messi salvaged a disastrous campaign under three different managers with a hat-trick away to Ecuador in the Albiceleste's final qualifier.

Messi had 11 shots in Argentina's opener against Iceland without scoring, as did Cristiano Ronaldo when Portugal faced the so-called "minnows" in Euro 2016.

"Were it not for CSKA, I would not have been in the World Cup".

So far in Russia, Messi has been held scoreless.

Iceland, on the other hand, lies at the third spot with 1 point courtesy to their hard-earned draw and is only separated from Argentina on better goal difference.

Here's how to watch Nigeria vs. Argentina online.

"As his team-mate, I can say without any doubts that we have always been a better team when he has been there". "But sometimes you have to cling to something".

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