Nigeria vs Argentina: Alex Iwobi talks tough ahead of clash

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Kick-off: 7pm BST, 9pm in St Petersburg.

A 1-1 draw against Iceland after Messi was thwarted from the penalty spot, followed by a chastening 3-0 reverse to Croatia, means only a win will do for La Albiceleste and their under-fire head coach Jorge Sampaoli.

The two nations have faced each other four times in a World Cup tournament before and Argentina holds 100% winning-record against the Nigerians in the showpiece event. In football, there is no mercy, no pity.

Even though he's helped Argentina reach three consecutive finals - at the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 - Messi remains under intense scrutiny in his homeland for his performances with the national team.

"We've put the last result past us and are working hard for the next game, it's the game of our lives".

"We adore Messi, I adore him". Perhaps a draw can be enough for us but it's not sure. I hope the beginning will be better than the last two games.

"The truth is that we are ready".

Javier Mascherano is Argentina's most capped player at 145 appearances (and counting). But the boys are growing and learning. We always listen to cumbia, a traditional Argentine music, before the game.

Ahmed Musa scored an excellent brace to give Nigeria victory against Iceland in the last game. "He is a plus because he has accepted the new position in the Eagles". But the set pieces are not only peculiar to Africa.

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One of the lesser known names here, Luciano Monzon also earned a big (ish) move to Real Betis in 2008.

"So many other countries have problems with free kicks". We have been doing it in training and we will do it again this evening.

"If tomorrow I am called on to play, I have to be prepared".

"We are very optimistic that we will play a good game, our situation mentality is positive". We are going to try and improve that. I'm a fighter, I always want to play and I always want to win. "The only problem is that we have one day less to prepare". "We're going to be aggressive but avoid the unnecessary fouls near the box", he said.

Argentina and Iceland have one point each.

Captain John Obi Mikel fractured his hand in their last match and is likely to play wearing a protective cast. It is your mindset. "I was born here".

"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain".

Now Nigeria controls its own destiny heading into this huge showdown. "The manager made us believe we could do it and that's why we did it", Ogu said.

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