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Nigeria will be fighting for World Cup survival when they take on Argentina in the Estádio José Pinheiro Borba in Porto Alegre.
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The African nation currently sit second in Group F on four points and need just a point to seal their place in the knock out stages.
Such are the margins however that while a win could see them snatch top spot and a potential clash with one of Ecuador or Switzerland, a defeat coupled with a win for Iran could see them on a plane home.
The Super Eagles, the current African champions, have gone from unspectacular to entertainers in their two games to date. Their opening draw with Iran was solid if unconvincing before they showed their attacking instincts in securing a somewhat fortunate 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Argentina meanwhile have been somewhat unspectacular with Lionel Messi helping them to narrow wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.
While the Barcelona star has been largely subdued he has popped up when needed, scoring both winners in stunning fashion but former International Andres D’Alessandro believes his country should not rely solely on the 27 year old.
“The pressure he (Messi) already has, the common pressure, as he is the best of the world. He has already has got that natural pressure,” the 28 times capped star said.
“He knows he represents a lot to the group and to our country.
“He had a good game in the first match as he scored. In the second match he decided it with his goal.
“The important thing is not to be dependent only on him. Argentina was dependent on him in the first game. When a team depends on only one player everything gets more complicated in the last 16.”
The game will have a home feel to it with Porto Alegre close to the Argentine border and that could play into the hands of Messi and co.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two sides and the fourth in a world cup. The sides first met in 1994 when a brace from Claudio Caniggia gave Argentina a 2-1 win.
When they clashed again in 2002, the score line was just as narrow with a goal from Gabriel Batistuta separating the sides.
Four years ago they met in the opening game of Group B with Gabriel Heinze proving the difference.
While those meetings have been very tight, the last games have been a score-fest. In June 2011, Nigeria shocked Argentina with a 4-1 win, their first ever, however the natural order between the two was restored three months later in Dhaka when Argentina won 3-1.