Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has denied that he was involved in a feud with his squad ahead of their final Group D fixture against Nigeria.
In the evening, they watched reigning world champions Germany come from behind to defeat Sweden with a last-gasp victor in added time. Image: PA Maradona also refers to Messi's 2014 World Cup outing where he was named player of the tournament. "The result speaks for itself", defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano said.
Lovren has revealed that the reserve players have twice beaten the first team in Croatia practice matches at their training base. "It seems like it happened before at the previous World Cup".
Albiceleste fans will likely not be worrying about quarter-final opponents with their team in such a dire position, but should they reach that stage of the competition they will play either the Group A victor (Russia or Uruguay) or the Group B runner-up (Portugal or Spain).
While their struggles have come as little surprise to those abreast of the problems that have dogged the team in recent years, Argentina have been one of the most disappointing sides at the World Cup.More news: Belgium romp past Tunisia with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku doubles
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Messi's future became practically an affair of state when Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on him to stay.
"We know the scenario when we play Croatia, it's going to be a really tough game", coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said.
Messi, during Argentina's opening game against Iceland, missed an opportunity to put his side 2-1 up. Not just it, Argentina will also be hoping that Iceland does not beat Croatia as that could lead to their elimination on goal difference. If Nigeria win, Iceland will go out.
Hosts Argentina progressed to the second group stage as runners-up to Italy and looked on course for a third-place play-off against the same opponents as they entered the final match of the second phase level on points with Brazil.
"But, we have to take care because we have some players on yellow cards, so I will change the line-up".
Asked about his coach's claims, Aguero snapped: "Let Sampaoli say what he wants".