Must-Win Game For Iceland To Keep World Cup Hopes Alive

Clyde Nash
June 26, 2018

Sampaoli, who took over previous year with Argentina struggling during World Cup qualifying, drew harsh criticism for his tactics in the 3-0 loss to Croatia.

Argentina must beat Nigeria and hope Iceland fail to beat Croatia in order to reach the knockout stage of the completion.

The pair have met five times in six World Cups.

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

But for all of Argentina's faults fans do not want to see one of the greatest footballers of all time in Lionel Messi heading home so soon.

Mascherano said he had played under eight national team coaches in his Argentina career and none of them had complained afterwards that the players had picked the team.

Tying one's first game at a World Cup doesn't have to be a big deal.

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Lionel Messi failed to lead Argentina to a win on Day 8 and could be on the brink of elimination as Day 9 approaches. The Serbs were wasteful against Costa Rica last weekend with Aleksander Mitrovic being the main guilty party.

Regarding tactics, Rohr said he had several formations to choose from. "But in football there is no mercy, there is no pity. I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match".

Messi, who turned 31 on Sunday, has looked undercooked in both games, been largely crowded off the ball and his penalty miss against Iceland was disgusting to say the least. They got embarrassed 3-0 by Croatia in their second game. Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament.

It could end up impacting Messi too, since slowing Argentina's passing game is the key to keeping him quiet.

Argentina didn't enter this World Cup as a favorite, having struggled in qualifying and gotten thumped, 6-1, by Spain in a March friendly while Messi watched while recovering from injury.

Iceland beat Croatia in a World Cup qualifier, and now finds its rival in its path again.

"It's actually a disadvantage for us, it's unusual to say it but now we have players coming in who are still at the highest level, all motivated players who want to punch themselves into their first team", he said.

Both games are at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT).

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There's tension before the game being played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

"What's happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors", he added. They all have to take responsibility and play for each other. "They know, they recall very well what the coach said".

Those who think the team has a shot at winning the 2018 edition is taking into account Argentina's history, not its present-day situation. Yussuf Poulsen, who scored in a 1-0 opening win over Peru, is suspended for yellow cards.

"It's now only the fractures on the ribs that give him problems", Hareide said. We also have to depend on the outcome of the Croatia-Iceland match.

Denmark, on the other hand, will advance with a draw but a defeat, paired with an Australia win against Peru, could send them packing.

The Barcelona forward also had his own celebration with fellow team mates at their camp in Russian Federation. Leaving aside the difference in where we finished eventually, I look at the fact that despite landing in a spot twice, we came out fighting and crossed the group hurdle.

Peru will likely be without striker Jefferson Farfan, who was hospitalized with a head injury from a hard collision with a teammate during training over the weekend.

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"We dominated the first match, but failed to break Iceland's defence".

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