Lionel Messi scores, Argentina leads Nigeria 1-0

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Ebuehi I’m Happy To Play For Nigeria Ready For ‘Game Of Our Lives’ Against Argentina

A 1-1 tie with Iceland drew reactions of disappointment, but the 3-0 beat down that Argentina received from Croatia in their second game may have La Albiceleste making an early exit out of the World Cup.

Held by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina's World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Iceland fans applaud their team after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Lovren has revealed that the reserve players have twice beaten the first team in Croatia practice matches at their training base.

Instead, defeat by Germany set in motion four years of chaos in the global set-up that has brought one of the great footballing nations to its knees and leaves the South Americans staring at a ignominious early exit in Russian Federation.

"It is going to be a hard game for them, we have to fight together and do everything possible to beat them in that game despite they have good players and are a quality side".

While their struggles have come as little surprise to those abreast of the problems that have dogged the team in recent years, Argentina have been one of the most disappointing sides at the World Cup.

Argentina go into the game bottom of Group D and must win to have any hope of advancing to the knockout rounds.

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Lionel Messi's abject performances are an equally-important issue.

"That will be our main goal, to make it Messi's last World Cup game", Nigeria defender Bryan Idowu said. When I played in the Argentina team with him, he was always the main player and the main man.

"Leo is fine", he told a news conference.

By his own high standards, Messi has been way below his usual level in Argentina's first two matches.

Last chance at World Cup glory?

However, in all likeliness they will finish first given that they not only need to lose to Iceland, but Nigeria have to beat Argentina, and then there's the small matter of a five goal swing.

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

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