FIFA: Now or never for Argentina, Nigeria citing history

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, 08:38:36 PM IST

Argentina was one of the favorites to lift the trophy before the start of the tournament, but their journey so far has been nothing less to a disaster. The South American side have failed in each every department, leaving them on the brink of elimination. The Messi-led side is left with no other option but to win in their final game against Nigeria. Adding to their woes, Nigeria has been in fine form lately as they registered a 2-0 victory against Iceland. If Nigeria draws this game, they will be creating history by knocking out Argentina in the group stages after 16 long years.

The likes of Uruguay, Portugal, and Spain have already confirmed their berths and are awaiting the results of this week’s fixtures. Mexico, Germany, and Brazil will be seen in action tomorrow, making the group stage clashes even more interesting. Interestingly, none of the heavyweights have been consistent enough and the underdogs are performing to the best of their capabilities. This weekend will see the end of group stages and the knockout matches will be kickstarted from 30th June.