Last chance saloon for Messi, Argentina

Messi is frustrated and hungry – Mascherano

"In the rules it doesn't say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo".

"He must be bored, exhausted or disgusted, he gives everything for Barcelona but doesn't for Argentina".

"If he had the ball less than usual it's because Argentina didn't dominate the match as we did against Iceland".

"It is getting harder for Leo to play for Argentina". It would make millions of Argentines in the world happy.

Messi finished superbly in the 14th minute at St. Petersburg stadium after latching onto midfielder Ever Banega's astute pass from the halfway line over the top of Nigeria's defense. Anything less will be another worldwide failure for Argentina and for Messi.

They also come ahead of a crucial fixture against a resurgent Nigeria later today, Tuesday night. Messi scored a hat trick and Argentina booked a ticket to Russian Federation.

A victory over the Super Eagles may ultimately not suffice; Iceland will qualify if they beat already-qualified Croatia in Rostov-on-Don while maintaining a superior goal difference to the South Americans. "Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that", Deschamps said.

Three finals in three years, that's not so shabby for a guy who played 50-plus other games each year for Barcelona.

The Super Eagles have never defeated Argentina at the FIFA World Cup, although they beat the South Americans in a friendly in Russian Federation last November.

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The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage. Both teams have scored eight goals and conceded two in the opening group games, putting them completely level.

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If Iceland win their match agianst Croatia , Argentina will go through only if they have a better goal difference than Iceland . Iceland , the smallest country ever to play in a World Cup, were roared on by their travelling army of their fans.

Messi had a penalty saved as Jorge Sampaoli's men were held by Iceland in their first outing, while the Barcelona star was a peripheral figure in the 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia.

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.

His 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament. The reality is Messi is failing as a captain, as a leader.

Such is France's strength in depth, even with wholesale changes they should be able to field a strong team capable of rivalling Denmark's, and their squad players will be eager to stake a claim for a place when Les Bleus play in the knockout stages.

"We think we're going to win all the games, and even if we lose we think we're going to win the next one".

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"As for certain situations, I can't clarify things that are untrue and things that don't exist. We didn't start well but we got the best player and we have a great team".

He reportedly stayed alone in his hotel room during a team and family barbecue after the Iceland tie.

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