FIFA WC: Argentina look to get past Nigeria
Star striker Lionel Messi-led Argentina will look to shake off their disappointing run in an ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup when they collide with Nigeria in their third and final match of Group D here at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.
Moscow: Star striker Lionel Messi-led Argentina will look to shake off their disappointing run in an ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup when they collide with Nigeria in their third and final match of Group D here at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.
Heading into the match, two-time champions Argentina will aim to get back on track following their dismal 1-1 draw against debutants Iceland and subsequent 0-3 defeat at the hands of Croatia. Argentina, who have faced flak over the past week for their poor run in the World Cup, will have to win the game against Nigeria if they want to stay alive in the tournament.
Nigeria, on the other hand, are placed better after their stunning 2-0 victories over Iceland and Croatia in their previous two matches.
The two nations have faced each other four times in a World Cup tournament before and Argentina holds 100% winning-record against the Nigerians in the showpiece event.
In other matches of the day, 20th-ranked Croatia will face 22nd ranked Iceland in their third Group D match. Meanwhile, in Group D, Australia will take on Peru while Denmark will lock horns with one-time world champion France.
On a related note, the Argentina and Nigeria squads are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Wilfredo Caballero, Franco Armani
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado , Cristian Ansaldi , Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo , Nicolas Tagliafico , Marcos Acuna
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano , Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia , Giovani Lo Celso , Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini , Maximiliano Meza, Angel di Maria , Cristian Pavon
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala , Gonzalo Higuain , Sergio Aguero
Goalkeeper- Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Uzoho
Defender- Idowu, Echiejile, Ekong, Balogun, Shehu, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Omeruo
Midfielder- Ndidi, Etebo, Mikel, Obi, Onazi, Ogu
Forwards- Musa, Ighalo, Moses, Nwankwo, Iheanacho, Iwobi. (ANI)