Feline fortune-teller Achilles tips Nigeria to beat Argentina

Sherman Parsons
June 26, 2018

"They ruined our holidays because of that game in June and we were frustrated and dejected".

In the other match of Group D, Argentina are a goal up against Nigeria.

Iceland's fate does not only lie in their own hands as a win on Tuesday may not be enough for them but will also hope that Nigeria lose to Argentina.

Angel Di Maria returns to the team to offer more width in attack while Ever Banega will look to ease the creative burden placed on Lionel Messi.

The Argentine federation was even moved to confirm that coach Jorge Sampaoli would continue for the final group game amid rumours of a rift between players and coach.

"The happiest I saw Lionel Messi when I played alongside him for Argentina was in 2012 - he scored a hat-trick against Brazil in NY, and he played the whole game with freedom and a smile on his face", he wrote in his BBC Sport column.

"We know everything about Iceland and they know everything about us".

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Argentina are on the brink of failing to reach the knockout stages after goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in Yekaterinburg left the two-time winners third in Group D with just one point from two games.

Messi's future became practically an affair of state when Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on him to stay.

"As his team-mate, I can say without any doubts that we have always been a better team when he has been there".

Elsewhere, Willy Caballero, thrust into the No. 1 spot after the pre-tournament loss to injury of first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero, was so poor against Croatia that the uncapped Franco Armani, who accompanied Sampaoli at the press conference, is expected to make his debut against Nigeria. "We've often said we're like a married couple". "It seems like it happened before at the previous World Cup".

Diego Maradona's "second coming" as coach of the national team got off to an encouraging start at the 2010 event in South Africa, winning all three group matches against Nigeria, South Korea and Greece.

Zabaleta also claimed he is subjected to criticisms in his home country as fans "treat him like a loser" for failing to replicate his FC Barcelona success for the Argentina team.

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

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