Win or bust for Iceland against familiar foe Croatia

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He didn't score in the 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup final four years ago, and was on the losing team in the Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016.

His distraught figure on the field after the Iceland tie prompted players from both teams to come console him. "There's only one option for us, (which) is that he plays his last game in St. Petersburg".

Nigeria adopted similar tactics after they were beaten in their group opener against Croatia, with the likes of Segun Odegbami and Kanu Nwankwo rallying and giving the players all the pep talks before the Iceland match.

Jorge Sampaoli's side need to win against Nigeria on Tuesday and hope that Iceland - on the same number of points as Argentina - do not beat Croatia to progress to the last-16 of the World Cup. If Iceland win, it will be time to get the calculators out.

Argentina´s forward Lionel Messi (C) practices during a training session at the team´s base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament.

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Those who think the team has a shot at winning the 2018 edition is taking into account Argentina's history, not its present-day situation. Victory for the Africans in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday will send Argentina home in disgrace after failing to win a game in Russian Federation and send Nigeria into the last 16.

Now Rohr has a chance to cement his reputation by leading the Super Eagles into the second round, likely at the expense of Sampaoli's job.

For Iceland, they will sweat on the fitness of two key players. "We've often said we're like a married couple".

'He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games'. I don't care what other teams are saying. They all have to take responsibility and play for each other. "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing. But the 1998 generation is a benchmark, we remember them fondly.

According to the Mirror's Simon Mullock, following Argentina's 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Croatia, several players asked Claudio Tapia-president of the Argentinian Football Association-for manager Sampaoli to be relieved of his duties or allow them a say in picking the team.

Australia used a 1-1 draw against Denmark to remain in contention for a spot in the round of 16, and Peru has already been eliminated.

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