Argentina will finally get World Cup campaign going against Nigeria-Sampaoli

World Cup: Croatia in euphoria after stunning win over Argentina

Caballero, who was at fault for the first goal in Argentina's 3-0 defeat by Croatia, drops to the bench along with Sergio Aguero, as coach Jorge Sampaoli followed through on his pre-match promise not to stick with established names.

- Iceland will play Croatia in their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 26, 2018. When his teammates witness his reaction after a setback, they infer he's lost faith the team, in them.

However, bouncing back will take a huge improvement in performance and strength of character so far unseen from the two-time world champion in Russian Federation.

Iceland's titanic task could be eased if Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic sticks to his promise of rotating his team to keep his squad fresh, his side having sealed their place in the next round by beating Nigeria 2-0 and Argentina 3-0.

Lionel Messi's abject performances are an equally-important issue.

Argentina nearly failed to qualify for the World Cup in the first place.

"The happiest I saw Lionel Messi when I played alongside him for Argentina was in 2012 - he scored a hat-trick against Brazil in NY, and he played the whole game with freedom and a smile on his face", he wrote in his BBC Sport column.

"I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us".

Messi may be struggling to inspire his side in Russian Federation but it was the Barcelona star who who netted Argentina's first spot-kick of a semi-final shootout against Netherlands.

On Tuesday, Croatia could also become the fourth team in the history of the World Cup to win all three of their group games without conceding a goal. Miroslav Klose scored twice as the team who would go on to win the World Cup final against Argentina four years later demonstrated their full potential.

And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major global tournament.

Without the five-time Ballon d'Or victor, though, it is highly unlikely Argentina would even have qualified. Messi will touch the ball a lot more.

Doing so should help Iceland's chances, but even so they may not have enough to get the win they need.

"I can't really clarify things that are untrue and things that don't exist", Sampoali said.

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