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Argentina vs Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup Football Championships. Uche Okechukwu and Diego Maradona

Argentina Set To Make Sweeping Changes To Save Their World Cup

Given that Musa was overlooked by Leicester coach Claude Puel in Premier League games last season, he went on loan to CSKA Moscow in a bid to prove to Rohr that he was worthy of holding down a place on Nigeria's World Cup squad.

Sampaoli says the clash is the "first of five finals” as he targets making it to the final in Russian Federation. Tomorrow will be the first final", he said.

Brain Idowu gives away the ball easily in the Argentina half Among the large number of fans in the stands is Lionel Messi's wife who arrived today in Russia Messi wins a free kick for Argentina after a tackle by Mikel Benaga.

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"Sometimes I do have to enter into that virtual world to deal with facts and realities that can't be changed, such as Argentina not winning against Croatia".

All Argentina are likely to need is a victory over Nigeria and, if history's a reliable guide, that shouldn't be asking too much.

For Argentina's opponents Nigeria, a win is enough to get them into the knockout stage, while a draw gets the job done, provided Iceland does not beat the group leaders by at least two goals.

According to Ed Malyon of The Independent, since the loss to Croatia there has been "player revolt, infighting and backbiting" in the Argentina camp, with the pressure ramped up on manager Jorge Sampaoli.

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"We love this great player Messi, everybody loves him".

He has now scored Nigeria's last four goals at the World Cup. "Perhaps, a draw could be good to qualify, but we cannot think and play for a draw", Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said. We look at three stars who could make the difference. "I know that if you go into a game and you don't really enjoy it then it is very hard to play well".

Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega could be recalled to the starting XI after a lacklustre performance in the previous match by the Argentinian midfield, while Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala are also available. Nigeria have won twice in friendly matches - a 4-1 win in Abuja in 2011 and a 4-2 win a year ago in Krasnodar.

That was the true beginning of the Super Eagles-versus-the-Albiceleste franchise, the contest with so many sequels: Five meetings in World Cup group matches within six tournaments and two Olympic finals.

Nigeria is now second in group D with three points behind Croatia with six points.

"We have to make our goal five games to reach the final - [Tuesday] will be the first final", Sampaoli said in a press conference.

Admittedly Argentina were without Lionel Messi that day - but they've more or less been without Lionel Messi throughout this tournament.

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