Maradona to Messi: 'I love you as always'

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Jaws dropped when Willy Caballero gifted Ante Rebic a free shot at goal as Argentina faced Croatia at the World Cup.

Their first game showcased a big clash of styles when they played Iceland. Messi also played for Argentina when it lost the Copa America final in 2007 - when he didn't shoulder much blame because of his youth - and in 2015 and 2016. He has found little joy so far in Russian Federation, missing a penalty against Iceland before he was unable to influence the match completely in Argentina's 3-0 defeat against Croatia. The five-time world player of the year missed a penalty against Iceland in the first group game and played one of his worst matches against Croatia. 'But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations.

Dalic is expected to leave out six players on yellow cards who risk suspension including Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic, while 32-year-old captain Luka Modric and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could also be in line for a rest.

"According to the information the Local Organising Committee received from public security authorities of Nizhny Novgorod, seven Argentinians were detained after the match between Argentina and Croatia", an organising committee spokesman said in written comments to Reuters. "But in football there is no mercy, there is no pity". Everybody wants to win.

In the wee hours of Friday morning, after their calamitous loss to Croatia, Argentina's World Cup stars reportedly tried to engineer a mutiny. Messi turned 31 on Sunday, two days before Tuesday's must-win game against Nigeria.

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So far, this tournament has been a huge disappointment for Messi and Argentina, which finished as runner-up at the 2014 World Cup.

Denmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot with a victory.

Messi and Co. will have to improve by leaps and bounds to harbour any chance on Tuesday.

Argentina didn't enter this World Cup as a favorite, having struggled in qualifying and gotten thumped, 6-1, by Spain in a March friendly while Messi watched while recovering from injury.

"We know we're up against the wall but beating Croatia before gives us belief", said the midfielder.

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"We are like a married couple that want a divorce, but we always meet again", Hallgrimsson said with a smile.

Both games are at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT). Xhaka and Shaqiri could be banned for up to two games if they are found to have breached Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations. "It's up to our coach to prepare the team best to our advantage". They have a manager who likes to press teams, but a squad of players who don't press well. Yussuf Poulsen, who scored in a 1-0 opening win over Peru, is suspended for yellow cards. It would also strengthen the impression some fans have of him back home, which is of a maverick genius who goes missing in critical global matches. All l did was give him encouragement and supported him. A draw would actually suit Denmark too, as it would put them out of reach of Australia in second place.

Australia needs to win and could use 38-year-old striker Tim Cahill, who has yet to play in Russian Federation, because even with a victory over Peru the squad needs goals. Even then, the goal difference will come into play.

If Cahill gets into the match and scores, he'd be the fifth player to score in four World Cups - joining Pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nigerian officials have reportedly issued a hands-off to clubs sniffing around their young keeper Francis Uzoho after an impressive display to keep a clean sheet in the Super Eagles' 2-0 win over Iceland.

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