Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Messi is running out of time to save Argentina's World Cup

Messi is running out of time to save Argentina's World Cup

Odion Ighalo anticipates "a very tough game" when Nigeria face Argentina, but is confident of picking up the result that seals a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

"Whenever I play against Argentina, or whenever [Lionel] Messi is playing against me, I score".

Musa is now the first Nigerian to score at two different editions of the World Cup - 2014 being the other where they had lost 2-3 against Argentina - both were scored by him.

The astounding sense of loss surrounding Argentina's 3-0 defeat to Croatia was tempered somewhat when Nigeria did Jorge Sampaoli's side a huge favour, and beat Iceland 2-0.

In five previous appearances, the Eagles have had to play Argentina in the group phase on four occasions.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that it was tough convincing the duo of Victor Moses and captain Mikel Obi to switch their roles prior to the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup game against Iceland on Friday. "Possibly, I'm going to score another two goals".

After scoring twice against Iceland, Ahmed Musa has more goals in this World Cup than the likes of Messi, Sergio Aguero, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez.

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"When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona and Messi was in the pitch too, I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen".

Should Croatia beat Iceland on Tuesday in Rostov-on-Don, the African side could go through with a point.

"We know the importance of the last game, it's do-or-die", added Musa.

Sampaoli, though, was told that while he will stay on as coach for the rest of the World Cup, he WILL be sacked at the end of the tournament.

The 2014 World Cup finalist's squad in his turmoil with Jorge Sampaoli under extreme pressure after a 3-0 loss to Croatia left Argentina on the brink of an early exit in Russian Federation.

Franco Armani is tipped to replace Willy Caballero for the Nigeria clash after the Chelsea goalkeeper's blunder against Croatia, with Sampaoli, also expected to ditch his three-match defence and return to a traditional back four.

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