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World Cup 2018: 3 reasons why Argentina could beat Nigeria and qualify

Jidonu Mauyon
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8.15K   //    26 Jun 2018, 11:56 IST

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Argentina and Nigeria are ready for a classic encounter in Russia

With their recent 2-0 victory against Iceland, Nigeria have brought Argentina back into the qualification race in the Group D. Now, both nations will go head-to-head in a bid to secure a spot in the next phase of the competition.

Nigeria vs Argentina Live | World Cup 2018

Argentina have fallen under intense scrutiny, following their disappointing performances in the tournament. The Albiceleste played out a poor 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opening fixture before suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat against Croatia in their second game. They secured just 1 point from 2 games and currently sit at the bottom of the table.

Jorge Sampaoli's men are in a desperate situation at the moment, needing to earn 3 points against Nigeria and hope Iceland fail to achieve a great result versus Croatia in order to qualify for the next round.

While many have already written them off due to their mediocre displays in the World Cup this year, we take a look at 3 reasons why the Albiceleste could end up beating the West Africans and progress into the knockout stage.


#3 A golden opportunity for the Albiceleste

Argentina v Croatia: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Nigeria opened a golden opportunity for Argentina with their 2-0 defeat of Iceland

After playing just 2 games in the World Cup this year, Argentina looked set for an early exit from the tournament.

Following their 1-1 draw against Iceland and a humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia, the Albiceleste were already preparing to pack their bags until something happened - Nigeria defeated Iceland 2-0 to better their chances of making it into the knockout stages.

With Iceland having only one point and Nigeria having three, Argentina still have a great chance to make it past the group stage. Fortunately, the Albiceleste will face the African giants in a match that could decide the qualification race between the three nations.

This match represents a golden opportunity for Jorge Sampaoli's men to progress to the next phase. If they can beat Nigeria by a high margin (more points or goal difference than Iceland achieves against Croatia), they will definitely move to the next stage.

Knowing quite well what any unfavorable result could bring, the Albiceleste will approach the game with great determination, looking forward to making up for their failures and sealing the qualification for their nation. Their do-or-die situation could inspire them to achieve a famous victory over the African giants on Tuesday.

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Jidonu Mauyon
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Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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