Argentina and Lionel Messi scrape into last 16 of World Cup

Argentina and Lionel Messi scrape into last 16 of World Cup

They will need a win over Nigeria on Tuesday to stand a chance of progressing into the last-16.

Nigeria weren't given much of a chance of qualification from this tough World Cup group, and after a dismal showing against Croatia in their opener, their chances looked nearly non existent.

Javier Mascherano insists there has been no bust-up between players and Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli ahead of their crunch World Cup match against Nigeria.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona lead the celebrations after Marcos Rojo's late victor, offering a crude double-finger salute to Nigeria fans.

While Argentina's foremost central defender, Nicolas Otamendi has had a disastrous World Cup campaign so far, there is some hope with Fazio coming in. "We had to win any way we could, and from today this needs to be a new World Cup for us". If they win and Nigeria loses to Argentina, Iceland advances.

Ahmed Musa will be looking to continue his form and punish Argentina to help Nigeria qualify for the knockout stages.

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Argentina , with just one point so far, is hanging on by a thread and looking to avoid a shocking early exit from the tournament. It will be the fifth meeting between the sides at the World Cup , with Argentina winning the previous four by a one-goal margin.

Argentina have never previously gone through a first round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before.

Iceland has to win vs. Croatia to have any chance.

Argentina are now enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history, (W0 D2 L2).

Nigerian attacker Ahmed Musa is now his country's all-time top scorer in World Cup games with four goals after scoring a brace against Iceland.

Nigeria know the threat they are about to deal with and will probably come with a plan to stop Messi. Ultimately, a player like Lionel Messi will see the importance of such a game and all eyes will be on him to take Argentina across the finishing line against the Super Eagles.

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