Diego Maradona 'requests meeting with Argentina players before final group game'

Argentinian TV presenters held a minute's silence after Argentina's 3-0 World Cup loss to Croatia

Argentinian TV presenters held a minute's silence after Argentina's 3-0 World Cup loss to Croatia

Barcelona star Lionel Messi turned 31 on June 24. Lionel Messi and Argentina, who were a facing an embarrassingly early exit, got some much-needed hope when Nigeria beat Iceland which has made the group dynamics really interesting heading into the last round of fixtures. Even the rest of the players wearing the blue and white expect the same from Messi.

In Saransk, Ronaldo was at the heart of a series of VAR incidents.

"We are not here to watch him play. I love you and I respect you like always", he said.

"But the reality is you stopped the game for VAR (video assistant referee), there is an elbow", he added.

While the spotlight will be on Lionel Messi and Argentina, Nigeria will hope to be the ultimate party spoilers.

Portugal will face two-time winners Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday.

On the other side of the coin, Argentina look like a broken side.

Argentina finished as runners-up in 2014 in Brazil but are on the verge of missing out on the knockout stage in Russian Federation after picking up only one point in their two Group D games. If Iceland win, it will be time to get the calculators out.

Maradona is in Russian Federation to support Argentina during the tournament.

According to the Mirror's Simon Mullock, following Argentina's 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Croatia, several players asked Claudio Tapia-president of the Argentinian Football Association-for manager Sampaoli to be relieved of his duties or allow them a say in picking the team.

"Tomorrow we need to play the first of five finals". "Tomorrow will be the first final", said the defiant coach on the eve of the game in Saint Petersburg.

- Who is going through?

A win for the Super Eagles will guarantee progress while a draw will be enough depending if Iceland fail to beat Croatia. France meet Denmark at 2am on Wednesday.

"I'm not going to stop believing in them". We are getting a great price wagering on Nigeria to win and as result, it is the best bet for this match. They are beatable. We have beaten them before and we can still do it.

"I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us".

"For this reason, I will like to go back to CSK for the role they played in my profession, " he said.

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