Argentina v Nigeria, Croatia v Iceland

Argentina v Nigeria, Croatia v Iceland

Argentina v Nigeria, Croatia v Iceland

Caballero, who was at fault for the first goal in Argentina's 3-0 defeat by Croatia, drops to the bench along with Sergio Aguero, as coach Jorge Sampaoli followed through on his pre-match promise not to stick with established names.

They found themselves at the centre of an Israel-Palestinian spat over the cancellation of a World Cup warm-up match following an unconvincing qualifying campaign. When his teammates witness his reaction after a setback, they infer he's lost faith the team, in them.

However, global success with Argentina has eluded him over his career, which has been highlighted in Russian Federation as they face a humiliating early exit.

"For the good of Argentina, I am sure Lionel Messi will be touching the ball a lot more than in our previous match".

Croatia, fresh off the back of their dominating win over Argentina, will top Group D with a point and their progress is assured regardless of the final set of results but hold the key for the rest.

For all his heroics with Barcelona at club level, Messi is still often compared unfavourably in his homeland for his inability to recreate Maradona's success for the national team.

Argentina were drawn in a tough group alongside England, Sweden and Nigeria and made a promising start with victory over the African nation.

A World Cup exit in the group stages of the biggest football event would severely diminish his claim to the throne of world's best footballer, one he has resolutely fought for with a certain Portuguese superstar.

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

"I've been sharing my room with Willy, we've been sharing the training sessions and spending time together day after day", he said.

The Socceroos have put in two resolute performances and were a little unfortunate not to come away with a point from their first match against France, though it's clear they lack quality compared to some of their rivals.

The Argentina federation were even moved on Saturday to confirm that Sampaoli would continue for the final group game among rumours of a rift between players and coach.

For Argentina to pull that off, Messi's teammates need to take the pressure off Messi.

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

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina's AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

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