Argentina's Players Oust Sampaoli Ahead Of Nigeria Clash

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Gernot Rohr's men gave their World Cup aspiration a major boost by defeating Iceland 2-0 - thanks to a brace from Ahmed Musa, and they must avoid defeat at Krestovsky Stadium, to seal a Round of 16 berth.

Iceland is a good team and I praise them for giving us a good fight.

But the Super Eagles' World Cup hero has warned that his new-found hero status in South America will be short-lived. Marcos Rojo and Javier Mascherano attend a training session.

Nwankwo Kanu believes Nigeria have what it takes to spring a surprise against Argentina in Tuesday's Group D clash.

For Argentina, and the legions of fans who have made the huge journey across the world decked in blue-and-white number 10 Messi shirts and face masks, it is last chance saloon. "We need to show them we are from Nigeria".

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"I had to speak with the players because in two years we played with Mikel as an offensive midfielder and Moses like a striker".

The Barcelona forward has looked stressed and miserable in both games, been largely crowded off the ball and missed a penalty against Iceland while he was anonymous versus Croatia.

It had been suggested that 1986 World Cup victor Jorge Burruchaga, the team's technical director, would replace Sampaoli, but the claims were strongly denied by the Argentina Football Association (AFA).

Ricardo Giusti, a World Cup-winner with Argentina in 1986, has declared that "the players will decide the team, that's a fact".

Coach Jorge Sampaoli was roundly criticised for his approach against Croatia, sparking rumours the 58-year-old would be sacked during the tournament.

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