Is this the end of Lionel Messi's global career

Argentina Sampaoli expected to be in charge against Nigeria

Qualification to the round of 16 will be secured for Argentina if they beat Nigeria and Croatia avoid defeat to Iceland.

Argentina must win, and get help from Croatia, which has already advanced.

Iceland have made three changes, with Jon Bordvarsson being left on the bench to leave Alfred Finnbogason as a lone striker in front of a five-man midfield.

Iceland face Group D leaders Croatia needing a win to stand a chance of progressing to the second round, although they will also depend on the result of Nigeria's game against Argentina. Anything less will be another global failure for Argentina and for Messi.

The match will be the fifth meeting between Argentina and Nigeria at the World Cup, and Argentina has won the last four. To see Leo looking so stressed and unhappy at this World Cup was a real worry.

Zabaleta also claimed he is subjected to criticisms in his home country as fans "treat him like a loser" for failing to replicate his FC Barcelona success for the Argentina team.

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Lionel Messi cuts a forlorn figure in the middle of a World Cup pitch.

Angel Di Maria returns to the team to offer more width in attack while Ever Banega will look to ease the creative burden placed on Lionel Messi. Sampaoli is struggling to control his squad and impose his methods and tactical demands; the coach caused confusion by switching tactics and formations vs. Croatia after a 1-1 opening-game draw with Iceland.

"We know we're up against the wall but beating Croatia before gives us belief", said the midfielder. If Iceland win, it will be time to get the calculators out.

"It's actually a disadvantage for us, it's odd 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.

"That loss (in the qualifiers in June 2017) meant that we had to go through the playoffs and even if it is a new situation, it's a nice way to settle the score", said Dalic.

Jorge Sampaoli, with the blessing of Messi, pleaded for patience as he was drafted in as Argentina's third coach in two years. "We want to make amends for that loss", he said. If it´s the Eurovision song contest we always think we´re going to win it, even though we never do.

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