Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Lionel Messi's Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

Lionel Messi's Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

"There is a huge pressure on him because people expect too much. I know it'll be a war against me", said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 finals in South Africa. "An elbow is a red card in the rules".

Portugal will face two-time winners Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday.

Though Ronaldo's victor against Morocco took him to 85 goals and made him the highest-scoring European in the history of global football, it would seem Fabregas has not been entirely convinced by the forward's recent contribution to matches.

Argentina needs to beat Nigeria to retain hopes of qualifying for the second round of the competition and the players feel they may not achieve that if Sampaoli continued to manage the squad.

Argentina are clinging to the hope their captain bails them out again.

Messi, who turned 31 on Sunday, is yet to score or provide an assist at the showpiece event, while he had a penalty saved during a 1-1 draw with Iceland.

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Argentina must win against Nigeria to have any chance of progressing to the last 16.

Despite the bluster, Rohr is expected to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation, moving away from the more attacking 3-5-2 system employed in the win over Iceland.

Maradona is in Russian Federation to support Argentina during the tournament.

The star forward insisted that he will not give up on his dream of bringing the World Cup back to Argentina amid retirement rumours.

Ahmed Musa, Super Eagles two goals hero in Nigeria's defeat of Iceland at Volgograd, on Friday said the game against Argentina will be a tough one for the opponents.

In today's Group C match, Denmark vs France will take place in Moscow meanwhile the second match of Group C, Australia vs Peru, will be played in Sochi on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM (IST).

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Denmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot with a victory.

"I pray that we have the support of the 44 million Argentines, all of them kicking toward the same goalpost".

"I am convinced that the team will go out tomorrow with a lot of energy to win the game".

Subscribe to the IOL Sport Newsletter! . But they will be keeping a close eye on Croatia vs Iceland, which will be happening simultaneously.

Perhaps the most troubling news of all, however, came following Argentina's 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia, which pushed them to the edge of elimination.

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