Argentina's Lionel Messi looks 'stressed and unhappy' - Pablo Zabaleta

Argentina vs Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup Football Championships. Uche Okechukwu and Diego Maradona

Nigeria will be hoping to avoid defeat to Argentina to confirm their place in the round of sixteen for the fourth time in their history when they face the La Albiceleste in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday evening.

Ten summers ago, Argentina's best young players took on their Nigerian equivalents for one of the greatest prizes in sport.

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Iwobi has appeared twice in the World Cup campaign but Ogu still awaits his first-ever appearance at the global showpiece.

A 3-0 thrashing by Croatia after Argentina opened with a 1-1 draw against Iceland saw calls for Sampaoli to be sacked amid reports of player unrest at his tactics and team selection.

He has now scored Nigeria's last four goals at the World Cup.

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Rohr also acknowledged that a defeat tomorrow would end Argentina's Lionel Messi's World Cup career without the trophy, adding that the Eagles are not bothered with the fate of the FC Barcelona star.

Argentina are now enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history (D2 L2) and have never previously gone through a first-round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before.

A month on from Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 back in November to highlight how reliant even a squad containing Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remain on their number 10. An Icelandic win over already-qualified Croatia, however, can make things complicated, with goal difference coming into play to decide the second spot in Group D.

The Super Eagles and Argentina square off in a Group D Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup decider on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.

"Everybody loves him. [But] in football there is no mercy, there is no pity, " said the 64-year-old Rohr, an uncompromising defender who played most of his career with French side Bordeaux.

The pace of two-goal hero Ahmed Musa will trouble the shaky Argentinian defence, and he will need the support of Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho upfront.

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Nigeria's most recent encounter with Argentina came in November 2017, with the Super Eagles winning 4-2 in Krasnodar, thanks in part to a brace from Alex Iwobi.

"Musa scored his goals (against Iceland) with his wonderful technique, and I hope he will do it again".

He acknowledged that Argentina has more experience players, saying the youthfulness in such an important game could also be a disadvantage.

Armani may not be the most well-known player to the European audience, but like I mentioned South American followers will certainly know who he is.

'I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn.

"So he deserved to come back in the national team like a starting player. But we want to qualify, we're not here to watch him play", explained the coach.

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"I think we have a manager who is very tough".

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