Achilles the cat predicts Nigeria will beat Argentina

Marcus Newton
June 26, 2018

The next match for the Nigerians saw the complete opposite of what we saw in the first game against Croatia as they recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over Iceland, buoyed by keeping an Argentina side to a draw, courtesy of 2 Ahmed Musa goals in the second half.

Diego Maradona confident of Argentina's World Cup revival From Group D, with six points, Croatia sit on top and only need one point against Iceland to win the group.

Equally, Nigeria also head into the clash in the knowledge a victory would seal their own progression and a point would be enough for the Super Eagles if Iceland do not win. It's put us in a spot where we depend on a result.

Nigeria is now second in group D with three points behind Croatia with six points. But the Super Eagles' task is not that simple, as they face a wounded Argentine side who are likely to give it their best shot to qualify, despite their fate being out of their hands.

It's been a woeful couple of weeks for Lionel Messi and co, who drew their opening game to Iceland 1-1 and then lost heavily against Croatia.

A win will guarantee Argentina a roud of 16 place while Nigeria only need a draw to go through.

Nigeria have faced Argentina in the group stages in each of their last three World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014). Nigeria have found the back of the net twice in their first two games, and let in the same number of goals.

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"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

Two Group matches are being played simultaneously.

It also suggests these man have accumulated so much playing time together that they should know each other's playing styles, strengths and weaknesses, as second-nature.

Argentina made the World Cup final in 2014, eventually losing to Germany 1-0 after Mario Gotze's late victor. If they can be the first team to defeat France at the 2018 World Cup, they can steal first in the group and force Les Bleus to go through as the runner-up. Argentina's chances hang by a thread and unless Messi's own performances improve, he will likely retire from the global stage without being a world champion given that he will be 35 when the next World Cup comes around in four years.

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Lionel Messi's side will progress with four points if they can snatch three points from the African giants and Iceland fail to spring a surprise.

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