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World Cup 2018: 4 things Argentina could do in order to beat Nigeria

Jidonu Mauyon
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Argentina have been really poor in the World Cup this term, failing to earn a victory in their 2 group stage matches of the tournament. The Albiceleste found themselves in a critical situation when their terrible performances almost exposed them to an early exit from the competition.

Argentina vs Nigeria Live | World Cup 2018

But fortunately, Nigeria defeated Iceland 2-0 in their recent encounter to throw the qualification race wide open and better Argentina's chances of progressing into the knockout phase. In their final game of the group stage, the Albiceleste need to defeat Nigeria and hope Iceland don't get a good result against Croatia in order to progress.

The African giants were very impressive in their recent clash against Iceland, with Ahmed Musa stepping up and scoring a brilliant brace to seal all 3 points for his nation. The Super Eagles are full of confidence at the moment, after securing 3 points and occupying the second position on the Group D table.

The game against Nigeria will not be an easy one for Argentina as the Super Eagles will also fight for the chance to advance to the next stage. Therefore, we take a look at 4 things the Albiceleste will need in order to defeat their rivals and make it into the second round of World Cup.

#4 Tactical brilliance

Argentina v Croatia: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Jorge Sampaoli needs a perfect strategy to redeem Argentina's World Cup hopes

There is no denying that Jorge Sampaoli's job is under serious threat due to the mediocre performances of his team in the World Cup this year.

However, the manager has a great chance to save his reputation if he can defeat Nigeria by an adequate margin and secure Argentina's passage into the knockout phase.

The game against the African giants will not be an easy ride, therefore Sampaoli must get his tactics right in order to get a favorable result against the Super Eagles. The manager must try to fit Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi in the same formation and provide an adequate atmosphere for the Barcelona playmaker to operate.

Nigeria are very vulnerable at set-pieces and counter-attacks, therefore Sampaoli must explore these weaknesses in his game plan and also work on improving the overall performances of his team.

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Jidonu Mauyon
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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