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Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli denies reports of rebellion ahead of Nigeria clash

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli denies reports of rebellion ahead of Nigeria clash

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli denies reports of rebellion ahead of Nigeria clash

There have been reports that coach Jorge Sampaoli has not only lost the dressing room, but that the players wanted him removed before their final game against Nigeria.

A win against Argentina will guarantee Nigeria a place in the second round.

Argentina's fate is no longer in their own hands after their 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday and they now need a win and nothing less against the Nigerians on Tuesday.

Messi salvaged a disastrous campaign under three different managers with a hat-trick away to Ecuador in the Albiceleste's final qualifier. Against Croatia, the FC Barcelona talisman was anonymous.

In their hour of need, Argentina need Messi's best once more.

That irked the French team, and coach Didier Deschamps said the comments were "not something particularly pleasant". They have to win.

After already achieving their first objective, Croatia would likely bench some of their players against Iceland. They all have to take responsibility and play for each other. We are professionals and we have to defend the colors of Nigeria.

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The Icelandic side shouldn't expect to get any favours from Zlatko Dalić, however, as the Croatia boss looks set to ring the changes and rest key players like Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic.

Sochi: Faced with a must-win situation, Australia will be wary of a wounded Peru when they lock horns in their final group stage match of the FIFA World Cup here on Tuesday.

Despite palpable tension between the players and the coach, Argentina's football association president Claudio Tapia indicated Sunday that Sampaoli isn't going anywhere yet. "As much as we enjoy watching Messi play, it's against us". "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing.

"They helped me get back to the style of play I had today". He managed just seven Premier League starts in a year-and-a-half before returning to the Russian giants on loan last January.

"Obviously, if we feel uncomfortable about anything, we let him know.and that goes for the players on the bench as well as the ones on the field", he told a hastily-convened press conference at the team's base outside Moscow. "Then there was a handball by Pepe, exactly the same as the one (that was given as a penalty) for Australia" in the Socceroos' Group C match against Denmark.

Australia used a 1-1 draw against Denmark to remain in contention for a spot in the round of 16, and Peru has already been eliminated.

While Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson claimed the men Dalic picks in the absence of the stars will be motivated to prove themselves, the decision has incurred the displeasure of the other two teams fighting to progress to the knockout stages. A celebratory concert starting on the lakeside beach opposite will mark Messi's birthday, with a birthday cake presentation later, says the flyer.

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