Argentina were so poor that I didn't want Messi's shirt - Rebic

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Even a win may not be enough for Argentina, who are bottom of the group - behind Croatia (six points), Nigeria (three) and Iceland (one).

Messi and Argentina are in a must-win situation, they have to get maximum points to jump over Nigeria for second spot in Group D, if they get the win and Iceland does not beat Croatia in their final game, the South American side will play on in Russian Federation.

But what we saw right after Argentina conceded that silly first goal against Croatia was 10 players (10 world class players) buckling under pressure and running aimlessly as Messi tried to wriggle his way around four sometimes five Croatian defenders.

Argentina were on the brink of elimination after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia, but Nigeria´s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline.

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According to both Simon Mullock of the Mirror and the always well-informed Jose Alvarez, a friend of Sergio's, Sampaoli has chose to punish the Manchester City icon by benching him against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Dalic has already revealed his intention to rest key players for their concluding group meeting against Iceland, much to John Obi Mikel's discontent; so the World Cup debutants are frontrunners to progress through. They see him winning trophies every season with Barcelona - so they expect him to do exactly the same in the national team.

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Without the five time Ballon d'Or victor Jorge Sampaoli's team wouldn't even be in Russian Federation with Messi scoring a hat-trick in the final qualifying match to beat Ecuador 3-1.

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Argentina's head coach Jorge Sampaoli attends the official press conference at the St. Petersburg stadium ahead of their crucial clash against Nigeria on Tuesday.

"I think the match was complicated for Messi", Sampaoli said.

"I want my players to be able to come to a match with a good performance".

In response to the rumours about his position, Sampaoli said: "The week went from low to high, and with respect to what was said, I can not clarify things that did not exist".

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In their hour of need, Argentina need Messi's best once more.

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