Argentina took to the training pitch once more on Saturday morning as they look to make the most of a lifeline handed to them by Nigeria. Lionel Messi and Co looked as though they were heading out of the World Cup after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia left them with one point from two games.
But Nigeria beating Iceland on Friday has left the group wide open. Argentina can now qualify if they beat Nigeria and better Iceland’s result against Croatia in the final round of fixtures.
Jorge Sampaoli led the training session despite calls from South America that he should resign before Argentina even play their final group game.
There have been reports claiming that Sampaoli has received a backlash from his players, led by Sergio Aguero who seemed more than displeased with the coach after their game.
In a post-match interview, Aguero was asked what he thought about Sampaoli’s claim that the ‘project had failed’, with the striker responding, ‘let him say what he wants’, before abruptly ending the interview as he stormed off.
But following Iceland’s defeat to Nigeria, the group is wide open with Argentina just two points off second place.
The team were reinvigorated as they trained on Saturday, knowing despite two dreadful displays so far they had been gifted a chance at putting it right.
They will face Nigeria in their final group game next Tuesday and must win, while also bettering the result of Iceland against Croatia.