Lionel Messi scores, Argentina leads Nigeria 1-0

Lionel Messi scores, Argentina leads Nigeria 1-0

Lionel Messi scores, Argentina leads Nigeria 1-0

Croatia are already through to the last 16 after wins against Nigeria and Argentina.

Iceland will take on Croatia in their final Group D fixture on Tuesday.

Among many permutations, the most simple is that Argentina must win and hope Iceland do not beat Croatia, in order to definitely qualify.

However, worldwide success with Argentina has eluded him over his career, which has been highlighted in Russian Federation as they face a humiliating early exit. Portugal eventually had to play out a draw as they finished second in Group B meaning in the Round of 16 contest they will be up against Uruguay and not Russian Federation.

While their struggles have come as little surprise to those abreast of the problems that have dogged the team in recent years, Argentina have been one of the most disappointing sides at the World Cup.

However, they were downed by a David Beckham penalty against England and could only manage a 1-1 draw with Sweden in their crucial final group game, leaving them to finish third once again, but there was to be no reprieve on this occasion. The talent is all there, but there must be a solid strategy in place and Lionel Messi must perform at the level he is capable of playing at.

"Tomorrow Argentina will start its World Cup", he told reporters on Monday.

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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.

Despite a lengthy list of stunning achievements, Messi has yet to win either a World Cup or a Copa America title, South America's regional tournament.

"I get the feeling there's a general anger at the heart of the team", said Argentina's legendary 1986 World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona.

Zabaleta, a right back who won two Premier League championships when he played at Manchester City, says he feels sorry for Messi.

"He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games".

A month after Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a November friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 to highlight how reliant even a squad containing such coveted attacking talent as Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remains on its superstar No 10. "I love you and I respect you like always", he said via SPORT.

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