Messi on a mission as Argentina train with renewed hope

26 June, 2018, 22:30 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Lionel Messi

The Super Eagles star scored two superb goals to hand Nigeria their first victory at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Who will start for Argentina when they take on Nigeria in their World Cup Group D clash?

The forward scored two goals against Iceland in their second game as the three times African champions won 2-0.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has always been regarded as the "greatest of all time" by devoted fans but some Nigerian supporters have now told Argentina's faithful that "our GOAT is better than your GOAT".

It had been suggested that 1986 World Cup victor Jorge Burruchaga, the team´s technical director, would replace Sampaoli, but the claims were strongly denied by the Argentina Football Association (AFA).

For all his heroics with Barcelona at club level, Messi is still often compared unfavourably in his homeland for his inability to recreate Maradona's success for the national team.

According to the 33-year-old, Messi is suffering under the weight of expectations placed on him and the stress is affecting his performances at the World Cup.

World Cup Group H match report Poland v Colombia 24 June 2018
Desperate for the equaliser, Poland exposed themselves to counter-attacks whenever they ventured forward. Poland started strongly, asking questions of the Colombian defence in the first ten minutes.

It has been suggested that a number of Argentina players tried to have Sampaoli sacked after the Croatia game but have been unsuccessful, and one of the victims will be Kun Aguero, who looks poised to sit out their next game.

Argentina need their influential skipper more than ever tonight against Nigeria, and he's stepped up to the plate by opening the scoring.

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals".

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Iceland, on the other hand, lies at the third spot with 1 point courtesy to their hard-earned draw and is only separated from Argentina on better goal difference.

Argentina are clinging to the hope their captain bails them out again.

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