Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?

Argentina starting eleven confirmed, Lionel MESSI and Gonzalo HIGUAIN start

Argentina starting eleven confirmed, Lionel MESSI and Gonzalo HIGUAIN start

Argentina were on the brink of elimination after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia, but Nigeria´s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline.

Croatia now leads the Group D with 6 points from two games while Nigeria follows on second with 3 points which they secured after a 2-0 victory over Iceland.

Argentina entered the 2018 World Cup as the favorite to win their group, but this isn't the same team that took Germany to extra time in the final four years ago.

South American media had reported rumours of a crisis in Messi's marriage after his wife initially did not travel to Russian Federation to support him in the World Cup.

Ever Banega had Arsenal fans swooning when he picked out Lionel Messi for Argentina's opener against Nigeria.

Sergio Aguero, the only player to have scored for Argentina in their opening two games of the 2018 World Cup, is set to be axed by coach Jorge Sampaoli following an outburst after La Albiceleste were thrashed by Croatia on Thursday. The ball is Nigeria's court, or half, and the other problem is that Argentina have been awful in each of their two games so far.

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Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higauin are both expected to get the nod for the 7pm kick off.

Well, friends, it could really be just that today.

"He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games".

According to the Daily Mail, the striker - who has had an underwhelming start to his World Cup campaign - will be sacrificed as Argentina switch to a 4-3-3 formation on their players' request.

Do that and he could become a hero for Argentina's arch-rivals Brazil too.

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