It is judgment day for Argentine football. Nobody thought it would be that way, but La Albiceleste’s World Cup fortunes hang by a thread. A very delicate thread to be precise.
In nobody’s wildest dreams would it have occurred that Argentina’s showing at the 2018 World Cup would be so dismal. In two games, Jorge Sampaoli’s men are winless and have only amassed one point. Against Iceland if they lacked the killer touch, the Argentines forgot the basics of football against Croatia.
Lionel Messi and his cohorts slumped to a 0-3 loss against the Croats, putting their World Cup hopes into jeopardy. They got a sliver of hope from the resurgence of Nigeria, who defeated Iceland, 2-0, in their game.
As it stands, a win for Argentina would help them pip Nigeria to the second qualification spot of Group D. At the same time, they would have to hope that Croatia defeat Iceland in the other match of the group. In case Iceland do win, then Argentina would have to make sure they have a better goal difference than the Scandinavian nation.
Thus, a win for Messi and co. is a must. There are no two ways about this predicament.
A win against a highly determined Nigerian side is not going to be an easy task for Argentina. Considering the tactics, or lack thereof, from Sampaoli, it’s an uphill task for Messi.