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Russia 2018 permutations: How Super Eagles can qualify for round 16

Nigeria’s sensational victory against Iceland, thanks to Ahmed Musa who nailed the Iceland with brace has blown Group D wide open, and keeps the World Cup dreams alive for Nigeria, Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Iceland. Croatia now top the Group with 6 points, while Nigeria is second with 3 points, Iceland is third with 1 point but with two goals deficit and Argentina is fourth with a point and three goals deficit. Goal difference is the primary decider of group ranking at the World Cup, after points, unlike in the Champions…

Joachim Low: ‘Germany still need Mesut Ozil’

Germany coach Joachim Low has insisted that the world champions need Mesut Ozil if they are to progress through the World Cup . Arsenal midfielder Ozil, who started Germany's opening defeat to Mexico, was dropped for Saturday's 2-1 win over Sweden, which saw Toni Kroos strike a late winner. The manager told The Mirror that Ozil is an important part of the team, despite opting for Julian Brandt and Mario Gomez as substitutes in the second half against Sweden. "We have strong competition with us in the squad," Low said. "We…

Argentina v Nigeria: Drogba warns Super Eagles

Former Ivory Coast captain, Didier Drogba has told the Super Eagles of Nigeria that they will go home if they start defending against Argentina. Argentina is Nigeria’s next opponent in the 2018 World Cup going on in Russia. As Nigeria prepares to take on the South Americans on Tuesday, Drogba advised them to keep to their style of play if they are to go far at the 2018 World Cup. Gernot Rohr’s men came alive again in their bid of reaching the knockout stages after beating Iceland 2 – 0 in their second Group D match on…

Nigeria Vs Argentina: Fans warn Super Eagles against defensive play

Nigeria team (Back row L-R) Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria's defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria's midfielder Victor Moses, Nigeria's midfielder Joel Obi and Nigeria's goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, (Front row L-R) Nigeria's striker Odion Ighalo, Nigeria's defender Shehu Abdullahi, Nigeria's midfielder Alex Iwobi, Nigeria's midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and Nigeria's defender Bryan Idowu line up for a pre-game photograph ahead of the International friendly football match between…

Nigeria vs Argentina: Aguero to be dropped for Super Eagles clash after failing to get Sampaoli sacked

Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli, is set to drop Sergio Aguero, for their must-win Group D game against Nigeria on Tuesday. The Manchester City striker is one of several players who declared war on beleaguered coach, Jorge Sampaoli, following the 1-1 draw with Iceland and the 3-0 drubbing by Croatia. But the UK Mirror reports that Sampaoli has won his battle to remain as manager in Russia, after a dressing room mutiny failed. However, Aguero will likely pay the price for his role in the row, by being left on the bench. It is…

Nigeria vs Argentina: Why Messi cancelled 31st birthday celebrations

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, clocked 31 on Sunday but chose to train with this team-mates, as they prepare for Tuesday’s Group D clash against Nigeria. The two teams face each other, in a match that will make or mar their fate at the tournament in Russia. Messi was full of live at the Argentina training on his birthday morning, as he cancelled plans for a party. However, the intensive training which lasted for hours, did not end without special congratulatory messages from Argentina manager, Jorge Sampaoli, Sergio Aguero…

World Cup 2018: Why Argentina is grateful to Nigeria – Mascherano

Former Barcelona midfielder, Javier Mascherano has revealed that Argentina is grateful to the Super Eagles. The former Liverpool player said Nigeria has given them the hope of making it to the round of 16 of the Russia 2018 World Cup after defeating Iceland on Friday. Nigeria will face Argentina at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on Tuesday to determine who joins Croatia to the knockout stage from group D. Croatia’s 3-0 win left The White and Sky-Blues in crisis and they would have all but been eliminated from the…

Colombia 3-0 Poland: El Cafeteros polish off Poland

Juan Cuadrado celebrates his goal for Colombia (Photo Credit: Reuters) Three goals – one in the first half and two in the second – ensured Colombia defeated Poland and still stand a chance of getting through to the second round of the 2018 World Cup. It did not look like a 3-0 encounter until the 40th minute when Yuri Mina, on for his World Cup debut, scored a header to put the South Americans ahead. As much as Adam Nawalka’s men dominated the ball, they were unable to carve out scoring opportunities for Robert Lewandowski,…

Croatia star reveals how Messi and teammates were crying like girls after Argentina 3-0 bashing

- Sime Vrsaljko has taken a jibe at Argentina’s Albiceleste after comparing them to ‘crying like girls’ - Strikes from the trio of Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic gave Croatia a well-deserved win to top Group D - The Croatian defender equally rejected claims credited to Albiceleste boss that the South American side dominated the match Croatia’s hard-tackling defence ace, Sime Vrsaljko has taken a jibe at Argentina’s Albiceleste after comparing them to ‘crying like girls’ during their 3-0 World Cup bashing on…

DALUNG TIPS SUPER EAGLES TO QUALIFY FOR KNOCKOUT ROUND

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung is optimistic that the Super Eagles will qualify for the round of 16 from Group D. This followed the team's 2-0 bashing of Iceland yesterday at the Volgograd Arena on Friday, lifting their position to number 2 in the group behind Croatia who have 6 points from 2 games. In his reaction, Barrister Dalung congratulated the Super Eagles for their victory and enjoined them to carry over the hard work, commitment and discipline which brought about the emphatic win against…

As the Super Eagles were about to file into their team bus to head to the Volgograd Arena on Friday, striker Ahmed Musa walked up to NFF President Amaju Pinnick and said: “President, please there is no need to look worried. We will make you proud.” Pinnick responded: “You guys should just go out there and put smiles on the faces of Nigerians. They love their Super Eagles.” Hours later, and after a dour first half, Musa remembered his pledge and firmly took matters in his hands, scoring two goals and…

Eagles back in Essentuki as focus returns to Argentina match

The Super Eagles have flown back to their World Cup team base camp in Essentuki, advising that further drumming and singing be kept on hold until the final whistle against Argentina in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. Victory took Nigeria to second place in Group D of this FIFA World Cup but the three –time African champions must avoid defeat against the desperate South Americans in the giant arena in Krestovsky to make progress to the knockout rounds. Croatia top Group D with six points and a plus…

Pinnick dedicates win to Buhari, says Eagles unstoppable

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has dedicated the Super Eagles’ 2-0 win over Iceland at the FIFA World Cup on Friday to President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), while reiterating his well –known position that the Super Eagles will dazzle the world at the 2018 FIFA World Cup “The NFF dedicates this win to President Muhammadu Buhari for his massive support and fatherly role to the NFF and the National Teams. Our President has created a much –conducive environment for football to…

Argentina vs Nigeria: Obi Mikel vows Super Eagles will ‘die’ on pitch, speaks on Messi

Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, John Obi Mikel has vowed that the team will put in their best when they take on Argentina in the last game of the group in the 2018 World Cup. Mikel expressed confidence that they will be the third team to stop Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi from scoring at the 2018 World Cup after Iceland and Croatia showed the way. Mikel told reporters in the mixed zone, ”It is always difficult facing Argentina, this game is a do or die game, it is not like the first game of the group or the…

Nigeria vs Argentina: Rohr considers dropping Victor Moses for crucial Group D clash

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is considering leaving Victor Moses out of his starting XI, for their final Group D clash with Argentina. Nigeria only need to avoid defeat, to qualify for the round of 16 and hope Croatia beat Iceland in the group’s decisive encounters on Tuesday. Both matches will be played concurrently. Ahead of the game, Rohr is worried by Moses’ attitude, as the Chelsea player has failed to play a pivotal role at the tournament. For the second Group D game against Iceland, Rohr was forced to…