Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina's woes at World Cup

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In October past year, the Barcelona forward bagged a hat-trick against Ecuador in World Cup qualifying, not to mention the countless other goals he's netted to save his country in World Cup qualifying. TyC Sports had reported that the national team's current general manager, Jorge Burruchaga, could take control of the team.

Argentina said on Friday it had asked Russian Federation to detain and deport four of its football fans filmed fighting with supporters from Croatia at a World Cup match on Thursday.

Messi has reached four finals with Argentina - three Copa Americas and one World Cup - but had never won anything with them at senior global level.

Argentina now have one point from two matches and Croatia have pushed them on the brink of elimination. According to these reports, the players attended a late night meeting and asked that Sampaoli be removed before their final group game against the African side, which they now must win to have any hope of progressing to the round of 16.

"They have had two really, really good performances in the World Cup". However, Nigeria bagged an inspiring 2-0 win over Iceland with Musa scoring a brace. The difference between Argentina and Iceland as per Group D table stands on goal difference.

A draw would be enough to eliminate the Argentines, but would leave Nigeria's fate resting on the outcome of Iceland's game against Croatia which kicks off at the same time.

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. "In three games out of four, we've had a red card", he added.

Argentinian TV hosts held a minute's silence after their 3-0 Croatia defeat at World Cup. "There are a lot of factors that are needed in this kind of competition".