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

Is this the end of Lionel Messi's worldwide career

Is this the end of Lionel Messi's worldwide career

In the final matchday of Group D fixtures, Iceland take on Croatia in Rostov-on-Don, with the Nordic minnows given a slight hope of progression to the World Cup knock-out stages.

Sherwood then went on to critique the Argentinian manager and his team even more by saying: "He looked like he was going to fight in a pub with them tattoos".

Nigeria's lineup was unchanged from its 2-0 win over Iceland that moved the team in second place in the group.

Qualification to the round of 16 will be secured for Argentina if they beat Nigeria and Croatia avoid defeat to Iceland.

"We know we're up against the wall but beating Croatia before gives us belief", said the midfielder.

"The week was hard after the defeat, it means we depend on a result".

"I can't remember a worse performance from us at a World Cup", former Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who started the 2014 final, said in his role as a pundit for the BBC. "It was painful for us and we now find ourselves in the last match with everything at stake".

In contrast to Argentina, Croatia have been one of the most impressive teams in Russian Federation.

"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it". "I want to apologize to everyone that came to see us". If both Argentina and Iceland win Tuesday, Argentina must finish the group with a better goal difference, or finish with more total goals scored if the goal difference is even.

Barcelona genius Messi has been largely anonymous in his country's first two games, which also included a 1-1 draw against Iceland in which he had a penalty saved.

"We are starting a new era, we need to improve and consolidate an idea and that takes time", Sampaoli said after his appointment. If Iceland win, it will be time to get the calculators out. "In three games out of four, we've had a red card", he added.

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.

Jorge Sampaoli, with the blessing of Messi, pleaded for patience as he was drafted in as Argentina's third coach in two years.

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