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Victory against the Africans, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don't shock already-qualified Croatia. But he has played for Argentina 126 times.

Angel Di Maria returns to the team to offer more width in attack while Ever Banega will look to ease the creative burden placed on Lionel Messi.

"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina's AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday. "There are so many comments, so many stories going around".

Which team will you be supporting tonight?

Croatia have already sewn up their place in the last 16 (and nearly certainly top spot in the group) but Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina are fighting for second. After a hard few days, Sampaoli insisted that his players were ready to take on the challenge they face.

"The week was hard after the defeat, it means we depend on a result". "But yet, it has been a very hard week after that defeat (against Croatia)".

Messi has always been Argentina's main man, but there are increasing suggestions this could be the player's last major global tournament - suggestions backed by Zabaleta. "Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that", Deschamps said.

Yet Sampaoli remains convinced his beleagured side can salvage something from what has been a dismal World Cup campaign so far.

"But the reality is you stopped the game for VAR, there is an elbow", he added.

"I think it is getting harder for Leo to play for Argentina". I am a coach with enthusiasm and a clear idea what I want to achieve.

"So we have to approach it in the same way, it doesn't matter if they change one player or 10".

Despite the fighting talk, there is an undeniable air of crisis surrounding the two-time world champions.

The Scandinavians go into the game, needing to win to qualify for the next round, after they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw and lost 2-0 to Nigeria. The talent is all there, but there must be a solid strategy in place and Lionel Messi must perform at the level he is capable of playing at.

The Argentine playmaker has enjoyed perhaps the greatest club career possible at FC Barcelona where he is the all-time topscorer and has won every club trophy there is domestically, continentally and globally. "He didn't get a lot of balls from centre from midfield". A draw may also be enough for Nigeria depending on the outcome of Iceland's match against Croatia.

Messi turned 31 two days before the match, and there's strong speculation he'll retire from the national team if Argentina loses.

"Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness", said Miguel Angel Gutierrez, a 50-year-old Argentina supporter in Buenos Aires.

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