Lionel Messi: Pablo Zabaleta makes Argentina revelation ahead of Nigeria crunch clash

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"An elbow is a red card in the rules". "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing.

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The team, with only seven wins from its 17 matches, needed a victory while playing away from home against Ecuador in its last qualifying game.

"The best coaches in the world also ask the players for their opinion, because the player is the one who ends up making the decisions", Mascherano told reporters after the Croatia loss.

On the other side of the coin, Argentina look like a broken side.

The 2 times world champions faced a tough-tackling against Iceland, who succeed to draw the match with 1-1 and managed to hold the feet of Lionel Messi.

Argentina's struggles in Russian Federation come after their pre-tournament preparations were wrecked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on a top-heavy, limited squad.

Don't just take it from us, it is Achilles the clairvoyant cat that made the bold prediction here at the Hermitage Museum on Tuesday (June 26) morning in St Petersburg.

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During the 1994 World Cup in USA, Milla became the oldest player to score when he hit the bulls' eye against Russian Federation, setting a record as the oldest goalscorer in a World Cup tournament.

The cat was presented with a choice of two bowls of food with Argentinian and Nigerian flags placed next to them, and Achilles preferred the latter one. Nigeria (four points) can top the group if they beat Argentina and Croatia lose to Ireland, as well as if Nigeria's goal difference improves ahead of Croatia.

Both Group C games can be seen Tuesday at 9am et/6am pt, Denmark and France will be broadcast across the TSN Network while Australia and Peru can be seen on TSN2.

"We don't have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go. Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that", Deschamps said.

As his team-mate, I can say without any doubts that we have always been a better team when he has been there. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

Australia still have a slim chance of progressing if they beat Peru heavily and Denmark lose to France.

Fellow Juventus forward Paulo Dybala came off the bench during the second half of Thursday's humiliating defeat to Croatia.

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