Preview: Argentina And Nigeria In Do Or Die Match

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By Isaac Ndou

MOSCOW: Nigeria is currently sitting in 2nd place in the standings with 3 points and Argentina make up the group on the last position with a point.

Argentina and Nigeria will square off in their third and last 2018 FIFA World Cup group stages match on Tuesday night to determine which one of them will progress to the tournament’s last 16 knockout stages.  
 
Group D leaders Croatia have already booked their spot in the last 16 following their 2-0 win over Nigeria and they went on to hammer Argentina by 3-0. Nigeria is currently sitting in 2nd place in the standings with 3 points and Argentina make up the group on the last position with a point.
 
The African side and South American side have met eight times in their history, with four of those meetings being in the World Cup finals which the Argentines completed triumphs over the Super Eagles. The Argentines will want to see those favorable stats continue. 
 
Nigeria has found themselves in the same group with the South Americans in their last three World Cups in 2002, 2010 and 2014. However, the most recent time the two sides met was in November last year which resulted in a 4-2 win for the Super Eagles.
 
La Albiceleste and their star man Lionel Messi will be the team under pressure to turn around their worst run in the World Cup without a win, losing two times and drawing two times in their last outings. An early exit from Russia will be something they will be driven to avoid.
 
However, Nigeria and Argentina may possibly both crash out of the World Cup if they draw in the match and Iceland beat Croatia with 2 or more goals in a match that will be played at the same time on Tuesday night. 
 
The two teams will meet at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night with kick off scheduled for 20h00.