Beating Argentina could change our football careers, says Ogu
26 June, 2018, 21:26 | Author: Delia Walker
The 0-3 reverse to Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday was the heaviest World Cup group stage defeat suffered by Argentina since they were annihilated 6-1 by then Czechoslovakia in Helsinborg (Sweden) 60 years ago. Gernot Rohr's sprightly side were poor in their opener against Croatia, but they were resurgent in their second game against Iceland, with Ahmed Musa scoring two fine goals, and they'll take confidence from the memory of beating Argentina 4-2 in a friendly in Krasnodar last November. It's put us in a spot where we depend on a result.
Former Argentina worldwide Pablo Zabaleta is concerned by how "stressed and unhappy" Lionel Messi has appeared at the 2018 World Cup.
"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday. But the African flagbearers are not a team to be easily brow-beaten, and have adopted an "Argentina Must Fall" motto since flaying Iceland in Volgograd.
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Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is set to play with his left hand in a cast after sustaining a fracture against Iceland, although will need to get the all-clear from match officials to wear the protective material.
"It has always been my dream to play at the biggest stage in the world and no stage is bigger than the World Cup". Well, there was once a time when the Argentines dominated Olympic football and were expected to translate that into major global tournaments.
Argentina are now enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history (D2 L2) and have never previously gone through a first-round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before.
"We don't have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go".
Argentina and Iceland have one point each. "Argentina'sWorld Cup starts tomorrow".
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