'It will be fire-fire against Argentina'-Musa

'It will be fire-fire against Argentina'-Musa

Even a win may not be enough for Argentina, who are bottom of the group - behind Croatia (six points), Nigeria (three) and Iceland (one).

"I am convinced that tomorrow we will write a new page in the national team's history books", said Sampaoli in his Monday press conference, as per Marca.

The Barca skipper has come under fire in Russian Federation, where the Jorge Sampaoli coached outfit is in danger of making a group-stage exit after drawing 1-1 with Iceland and losing 3-0 to Croatia.

Soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said earlier on Friday it was trying to identify the fans, who were filmed fighting at Thursday's World Cup match between Argentina and Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod. Argentina needs anything but an Iceland victory in that fixture to make sure that they keep their World Cup dreams alive.

It's claimed that Argentina's players are no longer following Sampaoli's orders and want him to play no part in the match against Nigeria.

The teams will face off at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D finale.

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Argentina players had held meetings at their base camp hours after a disastrous 3-0 loss to Croatia and asked for Sampaoli's immediate removal as manager, according to reports on Thursday night.

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The team were completely disjointed, discribed by Cesc Fabregas as having five attackers and five defenders with no midfield as Modric controlled the game. At that point, goal differential would decide who advances into the last 16, with Denmark starting play at +1 and Australia kicking off at -1.

The formation he used against Croatia, a 3-4-3, was one he had used successfully with Chile, but it did not seem to suit the characteristics of our players. Argentina looks like they have given up hope while Nigeria seem like a side full of confidence.

Besides Spain, Portugal, Russia and Uruguay the other teams already assured last 16 status before their final round of group matches are France, Croatia, England and Belgium.

Argentina's qualifying hopes are subsequently on a knife edge, with Jorge Sampaoli's men facing a do-or-die clash with Nigeria on Tuesday. If Iceland wins, then Sampaoli's side can still qualify if it beats Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland wins its game.

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