Messi to get special gift from Moscow

Ahmed Musa Nigeria Argentina 2018 FIFA World Cup Lionel Musa

Ahmed Musa Nigeria Argentina 2018 FIFA World Cup Lionel Musa

Diego Maradona has requested a meeting with Argentina players in an attempt to inspire the struggling squad ahead of their crucial final World Cup group game against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Euro 2016 heroes Iceland can still dream of progress to the knockout rounds but they must beat Croatia and hope the other result goes their way.

Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest soccer player in history, has had a miserable World Cup and must turn it around immediately to save Argentina from a humiliating early exit from the tournament.

Argentina played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opening Group D clash before following that up with a comprehensive 0-3 defeat dealt at the hands of Luka Modric's Croatia.

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Tapia chose to stick by Sampaoli, who now looks set to make several changes to the side with Aguero replaced by Gonzalo Higuain. "As much as we enjoy watching Messi play, it's against us". Denmark coach Age Hareide criticized France before the World Cup when he told a Danish newspaper the squad was "nothing special". If both Argentina and Iceland win, the former will need to outscore the latter to go through on goal difference.

"If we don't qualify for a championship, we're not going to be getting a budget". "But in football there is no mercy, there is no pity. Everybody wants to win".

Alba has defended Messi, who is still searching for his first senior trophy with Argentina.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly keen to sign Leicester City's Ahmed Musa and despite flopping at the Foxes he is a World Cup star for Nigeria. Their population of 4m may dwarf that of tonight's opponents Iceland but it is smaller than average for a European nation and minuscule compared to the potential number of players in the two vanquished continental giants in Nigeria and Argentina, which have populations of more than 180m and around 45m respectively.

"The main important thing.is just don't make stupid fouls near the box". Jozak says Croatia's youth development system is about giving players the "functional technique" to master any match situation.

Pride will also play a part.

"It's been a very hard week after that defeat, which was painful for us", he said. Perhaps a draw can be enough for us but it's not sure.

Musa became, in the process, Nigeria's all-time highest scorer at World Cup finals with four goals and he the only man from his country to score in two different World Cups.

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