Iceland's destiny in their own hands against Croatia

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They now lie bottom of Group D with a solitary point to their name following a draw with Iceland and the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

A chastening 3-0 defeat to Croatia in Group D last week made for grim reading in that regard for one of global football's heavyweight nations.

Iceland have made three changes, with Jon Bordvarsson being left on the bench to leave Alfred Finnbogason as a lone striker in front of a five-man midfield.

Despite picking up just one point from their first two games, Argentina could still reach the round of 16 if they beat Nigeria on Tuesday and Iceland fail to beat Croatia - with qualification potentially coming down to goal difference if Iceland win. Fingers are being pointed at Sampaoli for Argentina's lacklustre performance, and his players want a change in management effective immediately.

In its hour of crisis, Argentina needs Messi's best once more. If he had the ball less than usual it is because Argentina didn't dominate or have that many opportunities.

Peru will be going home from their first World Cup in 36 years at the end of the group stage, but they will be desperate to have something to cheer about before they do. For Argentina fans in Red Square, their hope is that some of the other players can step up and take on some of the responsibility.

"Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him", Macri said shortly after the player's bombshell announcement. Sampaoli is struggling to control his squad and impose his methods and tactical demands; the coach caused confusion by switching tactics and formations vs. Croatia after a 1-1 opening-game draw with Iceland.

Former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino promptly resigned as coach, blaming power squabbles with the AFA, an organisation branded a "mafia" by Diego Maradona, who pointed the finger at its late president, Julio Grondona.

"We know the situation is tricky". If Nigeria win, Iceland will go out. Messi scored twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago.

"You can become isolated and it becomes hard to face adversity, but we have to do that", Sampaoli said.

In the 64th minute of the match, with score levelled at one each, Messi's penalty was saved by Hannes Halldorsson.

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