Sampaoli strife deepens misery for Argentine coaches at World Cup

Will Messi help Argentina get past the line

Messi has reached four finals with Argentina - three Copa Americas and one World Cup - but had never won anything with them at senior worldwide level.

Despite their struggle to qualify for the World Cup finals, which had come as a shock to the football world last summer, Argentina were considered title favourites by many ahead of the kick-off to the footballing carnival.

"Argentina is immensely better with him than without him".

The teams met in the qualifying campaign for Russian Federation, with each winning at home as Iceland topped the group, but Croatia's 3-0 hammering of Argentina marked them out as one of the teams to watch in Russian Federation.

The Iceland coach said his side got their tactics right, stopping Nigeria from managing a shot on target in the first half, only to concede two goals after the interval. Argentina has to beat Nigeria in their 3rd and final group match at any cost.

The Real Madrid star has stolen the early headlines in Russian Federation with four goals in his opening two games, including a hat-trick against Spain. For La Albecieste, it is (-) 3 and for the Nordic Island nation, it is (-) 2.


What results do Argentina need to qualify for Round of 16?

A victory in St. Petersburg is necessary for Argentina to have a chance to move on to the knockout rounds after they drew Iceland in their opener and lost to Croatia.

"All the decline during recent years was concealed behind this incomparable genius, who we had the luck was born in Argentina", he added.

But should Argentina and Iceland both win, then goal difference would decide who progresses, so for example if the former wins 3-0 and the latter 1-0, Argentina go through.

There was an Argentina team meeting held on Friday evening in Russian Federation following the team's 3-0 loss to Croatia. "There are a lot of factors that are needed in this kind of competition".

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