Argentina have last shot at World Cup salvation

Argentina have last shot at World Cup salvation

Argentina have last shot at World Cup salvation

If they win and Nigeria draws, Iceland has to make up the goal differential, which means beating Croatia by at least two goals (their current deficit in differential).

Croatia now leads the Group D with 6 points from two games while Nigeria follows on second with 3 points which they secured after a 2-0 victory over Iceland.

"To see Leo looking so stressed and unhappy at this World Cup was a real worry".

Maradona insisted he "would love" to meet the Argentina players before the critical Nigeria game - and suggested that several of his former teammates should join him for the meeting.

Lionel Messi and Argentina hit the training ground on Saturday with renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.

Messi and Javier Mascherano, as the senior players, would be most likely to be consulted to revive the campaign, with Argentina needing a win over Nigeria to take second place in the group, assuming that Iceland don't beat Croatia and better Argentina's goal difference.

HELD by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina's World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria tomorrow. Messi and Ronaldo have had one each - from 17 and 15 games respectively.

"I have been there with this Argentina team when things have been going well - and when they haven't - and I know what the build-up will be like", he said.

"I get the feeling there's a general anger at the heart of the team", said Argentina's legendary 1986 World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona. When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen.

"I have given him my support and encouragement and we have to leave that episode in the past now".

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