What Argentina need to qualify for World Cup 2018 Last 16

Tanya Simon
June 23, 2018

Ahmed Musa (left) of Nigeria scores for the 2-0 lead over Iceland in Volgograd on Friday night. The scenarios aren't overly complicated like they would have been had Iceland won, and this news has to inject some excitement into the team, which has been very poor in its first two matches.

Others said that Musa had actually served Messi's World Cup cause more than his Argentinian teammates.

Before the increase in winning bonus was announced by the Sports Minister, an energy company and one of the major sponsors of the Super Eagles, Aiteo group had also promised them a cash bonus.

Should Nigeria pull off an upset, Argentina will need to beat Nigeria and hope Iceland are beaten or draw with Croatia.

Iceland must to lose against Croatia on June 26th Argentina must beat Nigeria on June 26th by a wide margin Argentina would have to match Iceland's goal difference in the group and eclipse Iceland's goal total to win the tiebreaker. Ahmed Musa's spectacular brace in the second half of the game put Iceland on the brink of elimination as the victory titled much in favour of struggling Argentina.

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The final few minutes of Argentina's calamitous loss to Croatia felt like a funeral.

Iceland will expect to be without the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury in the opening fixture against Argentina and his chances of making a full recovery ahead of Friday's fixture are slim.

Excitingly Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland could still join undefeated Croatia in the next round, though the situation remains complicated.

Iceland, predictably, were more flexible after falling behind and that played right into the hands of their African opponents who could now play on the break and give Our Boys a real taste of their own medicine. They felt like an end for Lionel Messi.

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