Nigeria vs. Argentina: Messi’s World Cup career at stake with a loss

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Super Eagles of Nigeria
  • No Mercy for Messi – Rohr

Argentine playmaker, Lionel Messi, has had a miserable World Cup and could see his country side in an early exit if humiliated in the Group D match against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Messi is yet to score a goal and a victory against Nigeria won’t guarantee a spot in the round of 16.

In Group D, Croatia has already advanced to the next round. A loss to Nigeria will see Argentina exit the World Cup.

However, Nigerian defender, Bryan Idowu said: “That will be our main goal, to make it Messi’s last World Cup game. As much as we enjoy watching Messi play, it’s against us. There’s only one option for us, (which) is that he plays his last game in St. Petersburg.”

Although, Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr is a big fan of the five-time world player of the year, he will not sympathize with Messi when the Super Eagles confronts the South Americans on Tuesday.

Rohr in an interview said, “Everybody loves him, but in football there is no mercy, there is no pity. Everyone wants to win and no one can make any gifts, even if we like him so much.”

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Messi, whose 64 career goals for Argentina, missed a penalty in Argentina’s opening match, a 1-1 draw with Iceland.  He also failed to score in a 3-0 loss to Croatia.

Tuesday’s match will be the fifth meeting between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Argentina at the World Cup.

Argentina has however, won the last four meetings with Lionel Messi scoring twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago in Brazil.

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