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

Feline fortune-teller Achilles tips Nigeria to beat Argentina

Feline fortune-teller Achilles tips Nigeria to beat Argentina

Messi and Argentina are in a must-win situation, they have to get maximum points to jump over Nigeria for second spot in Group D, if they get the win and Iceland does not beat Croatia in their final game, the South American side will play on in Russian Federation.

Gernot Rohr is expected to stay with the 11 that started against Iceland while Jorge Sampaoli is expected to ring the changes.

Musa also netted both of Nigeria's goals in that 3-2 World Cup defeat four years ago, and he set up Nigeria's fourth goal in last November's friendly win. It's put us in a spot where we depend on a result. "I asked him to play [for another club] so he would have the rhythm of the matches".

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.

Argentina go into the match having scored at least two goals in their past three matches against the Super Eagles, a run they will be hoping to extend.

Nigeria have faced Argentina in the group stages in each of their last three World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014). If Iceland wins, then Sampaoli's side can still qualify if it beats Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland wins its game. We are not thinking about Messi, whether it is his last World Cup or not.

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.

Over the span of his career, Messi is known for being the ultimate big game player, for club and country.

Two Group matches are being played simultaneously.

Argentina are widely regarded as one of global football's powerhouses and they possess some of the world's best players - especially going forward.

"This is a different game from that of Iceland, so the tactics to be adopted by the coaches may be different".

Even if Iceland claim a first ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.

"I think we have a manager who is very tough".

The likes of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano could be making their last FIFA World Cup appearance, and Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala will kick themselves several times if the Albiceleste, reigning vice champions, are kicked out of the World Cup at group stage. Argentina, with one point from two games so far, have lurched from insipid to chaotic.

Argentina has never exited the World Cup without registering a win.

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