Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina's woes at World Cup

Jo Caldwell
June 26, 2018

The Balkan side shone in victories over Nigeria and Argentina to qualify for the last 16 and they will finish first if they avoid losing to Iceland.

"I think it is getting harder for Leo to play for Argentina".

Against Iceland Messi had a second-half penalty saved and Argentina drew the game 1-1. 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. If he had the ball less than usual it is because Argentina didn't dominate or have that many opportunities.

Iceland's fate does not only lie in their own hands as a win on Tuesday may not be enough for them but will also hope that Nigeria lose to Argentina.

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With national pride hanging in the balance, Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's under-fire squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest soccer player in history, has had a miserable World Cup and must turn it around immediately to save Argentina from a humiliating early exit from the tournament.

"The situation that has arisen could have happened to any of us".

Croatia will be the favorite to beat Iceland, and if that happens, all Argentina has to do it win to set up a Round of 16 date with the victor of group C. "The result speaks for itself", defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano said.

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Messi's future became practically an affair of state when Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on him to stay. Forward Sergio Aguero responded in a defiant tone that Sampaoli "can say what he wants", when journalists told him about the coach's post-match remarks.

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.

This is possibly the last FIFA World Cup for both Messi and Ronaldo, who are both in the thirties, and their next World Cup appearance looks distant.

"It's actually a disadvantage for us, it's unusual to say it but now we have players coming in who are still at the highest level, all motivated players who want to punch themselves into their first team", he said.

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"I can't remember a worse performance from us at a World Cup", former Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who started the 2014 final, said in his role as a pundit for the BBC.

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