Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?

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.

And if Iceland, which is on par with Argentina in the group table, also manages to win their final fixture against Croatia, then Argentina will need a better goal difference to secure the second spot in the table.

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"Whenever I play against Argentina, or whenever Messi is playing against me, I score", said the 25-year-old.

"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who has worn that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain".

Will Messi continue his heroics?

Nigeria, meanwhile, looked impressive in beating Iceland 2-0 and pose a huge threat to Argentina's World Cup hopes.

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"The happiest I saw Lionel Messi when I played alongside him for Argentina was in 2012 - he scored a hat-trick against Brazil in NY, and he played the whole game with freedom and a smile on his face", Zabaleta revealed.

"But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations".

Peru have sparkled occasionally during the 2018 World Cup but are already out of the tournament after two 1-0 defeats.

So far in Russia, Messi has been held scoreless. Nigeria can advance with a draw as long as they stay ahead in goal differential if Iceland beats Croatia.

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.

Argentina are clinging to the hope their captain bails them out again.

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