Nigeria's Ahmed Musa challenges Lionel Messi as Argentina hero

Ruben Hill
June 25, 2018

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.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) practices during a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

The South Americans are on the brink of elimination from the World Cup after their humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday.

"We played against them in a friendly but there was no Messi when we beat them 4-2 in Krasnodar". Marcos Rojo and Javier Mascherano attend a training session.

Argentina now desperately needs to win the Tuesday game against Nigeria in order to advance to the round of 16 stage.

Ahmed Musa's classy brace in the Super Eagles' 2-0 defeat of World Cup debutants Iceland in Volgograd on Friday gave a below-par Lionel Messi-led La Albiceleste, who were on the verge of exit from Russian Federation 2018, a lifeline.

"Perhaps, a draw could be good to qualify, but we cannot think and play for a draw".

The star-studded attack of Argentina which consists of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria is arguably the finest attack in the current world cup.

Ricardo Giusti, a World Cup-winner with Argentina in 1986, has declared that "the players will decide the team, that's a fact".

Argentina's coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has had a poor year in charge and looked utterly despondent after the Croatia defeat insisting that he alone was to blame, must hope such stinging words finally fire up a reaction from his players.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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