Messi to have more ball time against Nigeria: Sampaoli

Ighalo Why I Struggled Against Croatia Argentina Game Will be “War”

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host nation Russian Federation and Uruguay in the next round but technology grabbed centre stage. Meanwhile, the City star told reporters after the game that Sampaoli can: "say what he wants" after suffering a disappointing defeat to the Croatians. "An elbow is a red card in the rules".

Lionel Messi and company have to beat Nigeria.

Portugal will face two-time winners Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday.

Argentina will look to join them in the next round but must rely on the outcome of the other match in Group D. Messi, after missing penalty kick that would have won Argentina's opening game against Iceland, took just a single shot in a blowout loss to Croatia.

Iceland has to win vs. Croatia to have any chance. It's been reported that Argentina players attempted to stage a coup after the Croatia game and have revolted against manager Jorge Sampaoli, which Javier Mascherano denied in a pre-match press conference.

"This game has to be played with the heart, we have to do everything possible so that Argentina is in the next phase". If it's the Eurovision song contest we always think we're going to win it even though we never make it to the finals.

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Victory against the Africans, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don't shock already-qualified Croatia.

The pressure is on Iceland, but while they've made a knack of defying the odds over the past few years, we think their World cup journey could well end tonight. "Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that", Deschamps said.

"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain". "I am convinced that the team is going to win tomorrow".

Australia still have a slim chance of progressing if they beat Peru heavily and Denmark lose to France.

Argentina suffered a 3-0 loss against Croatia on June 21, with captain Messi especially isolated, only touching the ball 20 times in the first half, Xinhua news agency reported.

Disappointed Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov said it was better to lose heavily now than in future games but added: "Psychologically we are well prepared for the next games".

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