Argentina v Nigeria, Croatia v Iceland

World Cup: Croatia in euphoria after stunning win over Argentina

The Balkan side shone in victories over Nigeria and Argentina to qualify for the last 16 and they will finish first if they avoid losing to Iceland.

"To Leo (...) I would like to speak with you and tell you that you are not to blame for anything".

Messi, whose 64 career goals for Argentina, missed a penalty in Argentina's opening match, a 1-1 draw with Iceland. This team has lost the past three finals they have played.

It was also reported that Sergio Aguero, the scorer of Argentina's only goal in the tournament so far, would be dropped for the all-important Nigeria match after the suupposed "coup" against Sampaoli had failed.

In the evening, they watched reigning world champions Germany come from behind to defeat Sweden with a last-gasp victor in added time.

Under fire Lionel Messi has received backing from Diego Maradona.

Under-fire Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli is bullish over Argentina's hopes of keeping their World Cup dream alive with victory over Nigeria and challenged them to write "a new page in the history of the national squad" in St Petersburg.

Pablo Zabaleta has made shocking revelations about the emotional state of Argentina star player Lionel Messi's emotional state.

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Argentina must win and that probably explains why Sampaoli's lineup is so attacking.

The midfielder is one of two players along with Ivan Perisic named by coach Zlatko Dalic in the lineup who also started in Croatia's resounding 3-0 win against Argentina.

Painful would be a good word to describe Sampaoli's ordeal at the hands of his Argentine media tormentors. If Nigeria win, Iceland will go out.

Earlier, France and Denmark need only share a point to ensure they progress in first and second from Group C, respectively, while Australia take on Peru needing a win-and a defeat for the Danes-to progress.

"If he had the ball less than usual it's because Argentina didn't dominate the match as we did against Iceland".

"We have to make our goal five games to reach the final". To see him looking so stressed and unhappy at this World Cup was a real worry.

"Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness", said Miguel Angel Gutierrez, a 50-year-old Argentina supporter in Buenos Aires.

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