Argentina coach plots Nigeria downfall without Messi

Argentinean TV station held a minute's silence after Croatia defeat

TyC’s presenters held a minute’s silence after the defeat to Croatia

Ossie Ardiles, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1978, claims the current squad is the worst in the country's history, while he also blamed the Argentina FA and Sampaoli in a social media rant.

Argentina denied reports Friday that players want coach Jorge Sampaoli sacked before their final World Cup group game against Nigeria after a humbling 3-0 defeat by Croatia.

But any other result in that match could see Iceland squeeze through with a victory against familiar opponents Croatia at the same time.

The relationship with Sampaoli is totally normal, but if we feel uncomfortable, we will raise it, otherwise we would be hypocrites. "All of them were identified thanks to a video taken at the moment in which they violently attacked two fans of the Croatian team".

"The coach is the one who gives us the tools alone to be comfortable in the field but you have to talk, it happens in all places, also in Barca". This is the tumultuous situation Argentina find themselves in, and Messi and Sampaoli are in the eye of the storm.

Petra Kvitova recovers to beat Magdalena Rybarikova and triumph in Edgbaston
Then again she had a break up and I was still fighting and still believing I can win it and I won that one. When I came here, the first practice was really good.

Maradona said: "I played with my life whenever I got the Argentine shirt".

World Cup victor Mario Kempes' faith in Argentina's chances of qualifying for the round of 16 has all but gone after their crushing defeat to Croatia.

The final two games of Group D will be played on Tuesday 26th of June at 7pm.

"We knew if we lost we could be out", Ronaldo said. "I think this team will be ready in 2022 and this World Cup is coming early, but we have a good chance to win against Argentina".

There was a sombre atmosphere to post-match proceedings in the studio of Argentinian broadcasters TyC Sports, with the channel's presenter and pundits holding an actual proper minute's silence to express their sadness. "It happened and now we bet it will [again] cling to us".

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