Do or die match for Argentina today. The runners-up of FIFA World Cup 2014, Argentina, will look to finish off their group stage games on a high when they take on Nigeria on 26th June at the Krestovsky Stadium. Nigeria handed Argentina a crushing 4-2 defeat when the sides last met in 2017. Argentina will be eyeing their revenge more than anything else, and they’ll be relying on Messi’s magic yet again. Nigeria will very well be capable of spoiling the party for Argentina if they manage to repeat the football they displayed when the sides last met.
The match will be equally important for Iceland and Croatia as well, as all the four sides will be having an equal chance of making it through. Argentina, though being the stronger side, will be under more pressure. Nigeria is going through a transition phase with youngsters taking up the significant roles. It won’t be wrong to say they’ll just have to find an answer to Lionel Messi, and the game will be theirs to be won.
Watching Messi take on a spirited Nigeria will be something every football fan looking forward to. The likes of Iheanacho, Iwobi, and Obi Mikel will be giving in their everything to make Argentina’s path to the playoffs a difficult one. The contest will be one which no fan would afford to miss. To ensure the thrill reaches all football fans around the world, we’ve covered every single detail about the match that will keep you prepared entirely.
Argentina 2 Nigeria 1
Game: Nigeria vs Argentina
When: June 26, 2018
Venue: Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Competition Type: FIFA World Cup
Kickoff time: 21:00 (UTC/GMT+3, local time)
Argentina vs Nigeria Live Stream
26th June will be a busy day for the servers of all official broadcasters who’ll be up with a live stream of Argentina vs Nigeria on their website. Starting off with America, FOX Sports’ website will be the destination for all football fans to stream the match. In Asian Subcontinent, the match will be available on Sony LIV, while in the Middle East and North Africa on beIN Sports.
Watch Argentina vs Nigeria online
BBC and ITV will be streaming it on their websites for all the fans from the UK, DirecTV in the Caribbean countries including Argentina. The other half of Africa that includes Nigeria will have to choose from Canal+, SuperSport, and Kwese Sports. For fans who won’t have access to a high-quality stream channel, VPN Gateways will be available to provide them with all the action between Argentina and Nigeria. They can choose from amongst BestVPN, NordVPN, or ExpressVPN.
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One of the final two Group D games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Nigeria and Argentina will be played at the Krestovsky Stadium on 26th June with kick-off scheduled for 21:00 MSK (local time). Home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg will be hosting four group games, the last of which will be Argentina vs Nigeria, a round of 16 games, a quarter-final, and the third-place play-off. The 64,237 seated capacity stadium is the most expensive football stadium in the world.
The Argentine coach, Jorge Sampaoli, has been particularly critical of forwarding Paulo Dybala. He axed him in a few before games which drew severe criticism from the fans. While he has more options than needed up front, Sampaoli will have to scratch his head to get a solid defensive wall. Nigeria’s lethal attacking strength will only make his job tougher. Here is how the best XI look for the two sides as of now.
Argentina Probable XI
Nahuel Guzmán, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Maximiliano Meza; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Cristian Pavon.
Nigeria Probable XI
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi; John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo.
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Argentina vs Nigeria will have extensive coverage from all the official broadcasters affiliated to FIFA. While the Argentine fans will have to tune in to DirecTV, the Nigerian fans will have a new sports provider, Kwese Sports. The coverage will begin one or two hours prior to the kick-off with an expert panel previewing the game. The other important networks who will be telecasting the match include FOX Sports, BBC, ITV, Sony ESPN, beIN Sports, Canal+, SuperSport, Optus Sport, Perviy Kanal, Sky Pacific, and Mediaset Espana. All the enlisted channels will also be previewing the match with their panel of experts. BBC One will broadcast in the UK followed by Fox network in USA, TyC Sports Argentina; Canal 7; DirecTV Sports in Argentina and TSN in Canada.
Argentina will be under tremendous pressure. It will surely be a must-win a game for both sides given the high quality of all the four Group D sides. Nigeria has been inconsistent, which will keep them attached to their tag of being the underdogs. Argentina will be very well aware of the threat their opponent pose to them though. Our final prediction calls for Argentina 2-1 Nigeria.