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. We played against them without Messi.
The 2014 World Cup finalist's squad in his turmoil with Jorge Sampaoli under extreme pressure after a 3-0 loss to Croatia left Argentina on the brink of an early exit in Russian Federation.
Jorge Sampaoli's side have failed to click in their opening two Group D games with Argentina drawing 1-1 with Iceland before falling to a 3-0 defeat by Croatia. Suggesting that Sampaoli can sit on the bench during the match if he wants, he believes it will be "no problem" at all if he isn't seen again.
Sampaoli has since held clear-the-air talks with Argentine FA president Claudio Tapia and has agreed to listen to players' concerns.More news: Mohamed Salah considering retirement over political controversy with Chechen leader
Iceland, on the other hand, lies at the third spot with 1 point courtesy to their hard-earned draw and is only separated from Argentina on better goal difference.
There will also be no place for goalkeeper Willy Caballero after mistakes in both of Argentina's games so far.
Dybala said: 'Messi does not have any substitute here, in Barcelona or anywhere in the world. "I am expecting it to be a very tough game but I think we are capable of qualifying".
Iceland is a good team and I praise them for giving us a good fight.
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La Albiceleste have quality in their squad, but Sampaoli has not been able to find a system that works and allows the team to get the best out of Messi.
What are the Argentine media saying? His team needs him more than ever against Nigeria.
Argentina and Nigeria have faced off on four previous occasions at the World Cup, with the Super Eagles yet to avoid defeat.
After a commanding victory over Iceland in their last match, Nigeria are likely to retain all the players from the game against Argentina, meaning there is unlikely to be a place for Alex Iwobi or Odion Ighalo in the starting lineup.More news: Brooks Koepka Wins Back-to-Back U.S. Open Championships