Eagles seek error free clash against Argentina

Eagles seek error free clash against Argentina

Eagles seek error free clash against Argentina

We may have told you several weeks ago that the World Cup had already been won by Nigeria (here's where we said it) but the Super Eagles captain knows that fashion and fun are side products of the reason they are in Russian Federation. And he will hope his showing against the Vikings help him tie down a starting spot on Tuesday.

Angel Di Maria is restored to complete a three-man attack alongside Messi and Higuain in a 4-3-3 formation - Sampaoli's third different tactical setup in as many matches.

Nigeria are looking to win successive World Cup games for the first time since 1998 - three points will also guarantee a place in the knockout stages for the fourth time.

Argentina will qualify by beating Nigeria coupled with Iceland losing.

Argentina go into the match having scored at least two goals in their past three matches against the Super Eagles, a run they will be hoping to extend.

Achilles, who resides in the city's Hermitage museum, was held aloft for photographers then placed on a table in front of two bowls of food marked with Nigeria and Argentina flags.

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Also defender Brian Idowu noted that the Eagles will focus on their game, rather crisis in the Argentina team.

"I have been there with this Argentina team when things have been going well - and when they haven't - and I know what the build-up will be like", he said.

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is set to play with his left hand in a cast after sustaining a fracture against Iceland, although will need to get the all-clear from match officials to wear the protective material.

A defeat means that the world's acclaimed best player, Lionel Messi, will not win the one trophy remaining to complete his crown-laden chest.

Argentina is in desperate need of a victory if Jorge Sampoili's side is to have any chance of making the round of sixteen, the last time Argentina dropped out at the group stages was 2002. We are not thinking about Messi, whether it is his last World Cup or not.

It will be the fifth meeting between the sides at the World Cup, with Argentina winning the previous four by a one-goal margin.

It could go right down to the wire before we find out who will join Croatia in the Round of 16 from a very competitive Group D. We have taken a look at some of the biggest names who face an early exit from the World Cup. Iceland's ownership as a whole might be lower given Croatia's results to this point and Iceland's failures against Nigeria, but with motivation in their favor, they should be able to keep this one close.

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