Super Eagles unchanged against Argentina as Bryan Idowu keeps his place

Super Eagles unchanged against Argentina as Bryan Idowu keeps his place

Super Eagles unchanged against Argentina as Bryan Idowu keeps his place

Messi missed a penalty against Iceland as Argentina drew 1-1 in their opening game in Russian Federation and then was then ineffective against Croatia as they were beaten 3-0 last Thursday.

According to Ed Malyon of The Independent, since the loss to Croatia there has been "player revolt, infighting and backbiting" in the Argentina camp, with the pressure ramped up on manager Jorge Sampaoli.

The Super Eagles have all the cards in their hand at the moment, as a draw could see them through if Croatia sees off the Nordic nation - while a win for Argentina could create what seemed unthinkable.

Defender Gabriel Heinze gave his side the ideal start on six minutes with a flying header, consigning Nigeria to defeat in their first World Cup match since 2002.

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Before that defeat, the Icelanders had won one and drew three.

Some ‎of the players who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that they were not afraid of the Argentines.

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This will be the 9th meeting between Argentina and Nigeria with 4 of the 8 meetings between them coming up in the World Cup with Argentina registering a victory in all the 4 games. Like Messi, he would have been playing in his fourth World Cup, but he missed Germany 2006 by the whiskers (Nigeria thwarted by head-to-head voodoo) and South Africa 2010 as a result of injury.

Messi has had 12 shots in this World Cup so far but has yet to score - that's eight more attempts than any other Argentina player.

The midfielder, a finalist at the last World Cup, along with many of those from the Beijing squad, added: "We are the vice-champions of the world and we need to show that sort of level". Even with a win over Nigeria, Argentina will potentially have to compete with Iceland on goal differential. Anything less than a victory will see Argentina being knocked out of the group stages in World Cup for the first time since 2002.

Aguero's place as the preferred central striker of a list of gifted goalscorers is threatened, with Gonzalo Higuain offering his obvious credentials in a must-win game where Argentina have a goal difference deficit to make up on Iceland. At that point, goal differential would decide who advances into the last 16, with Denmark starting play at +1 and Australia kicking off at -1.

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"It will be a tough game and we must go with a tough mentality from the start to the end".

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