Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is convinced his team will beat Nigeria on Tuesday to turn their disastrous World Cup campaign around. But the Super Eagles' task is not that simple, as they face a wounded Argentine side who are likely to give it their best shot to qualify, despite their fate being out of their hands. So, we can not start feeling pity for Messi at our cost. Argentina needs a win and an Iceland draw or loss to guarantee their spot in the Round of 16, and they are 1.0-goal favorites over Nigeria, despite the turmoil reported at their camp.
Ezequial Garay's performances in Beijing earned him a move to Real Madrid that summer, but he failed to impress in three years a the Bernabeu and now plays for Valencia.
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The two teams go head-to-head in a vital Group D encounter, with Argentina needing a win to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Not a single player has performed in Russian Federation and now it all comes down to today's final set of games in Group D: Iceland vs Croatia and Nigeria vs Argentina.
Idowu, who was born in St. Petersburg, is tipped to start left-back.
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And his 31st birthday on Sunday, June 24, only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament. "We are professionals. We are here to defend the colours of Nigeria and we know in football there is no mercy, no pity, everybody wants to win and we can not make any gifts even if we like very much this player".
Nigeria's attack is set to be led by Ahmed Musa, who scored twice in Nigeria's 2-0 win against Iceland last Friday (Saturday NZT).
They are hoping to emulate Paul the octopus who became an global celebrity when he correctly forecast the outcome of Germany's games at the 2010 World Cup and picked eventual winners Spain.
Rohr is convinced the 25-year-old forward is hitting peak form, after a trying season where he proved his commitment to the Super Eagles. He worked very hard when he was in Leicester and he did not play, " Rohr said.
"We come to this match in a very delicate position", he added.
It was the second time in four Olympic Games that the gold medal match in the men's football competition was to be fought out between Africa's most populous nation and the South American country that likes to imagine it cultivates talent in higher concentrations than anywhere.