Lionel Messi and company will play against Nigeria in the last group game of Football World Cup. The South American team missed the title last time just by one victory. It would be not incorrect to say that Argentina is playing this competition because of Messi. But to win the title, you need a team. They are now facing Nigeria a strong force of Africa. This last game will decide who will finish at which position. When Argentina last met Nigeria, they lost to 4-2. Will they take revenge of last defeat? You find out Indian time and broadcasting channels below.
Argentina Vs Nigeria Indian Time [IST]
The match between these two teams will start at 11:30 pm on 26 June 2018 [Tuesday]. The Krestovsky Stadium of Saint Petersburg will host the match which has a capacity of 67,000 spectators. It was opened in 2017 after renovation, especially for World Cup matches.
|Competition||FIFA World Cup 2018|
|Date||26 June 2018 [India]|
|Time||11:30 pm [Indian Standard Time]|
|Seating capacity||67,000 spectators|
|Round||Group stage [D]|
|Referee||Cuneyt Cakir [Turkey]|
Live Telecast Channels In India
Fans from India can enjoy the live telecast of Nigeria vs Argentina match on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3, and Sony ESPN. If you watch it with Hindi commentary, switch to Sony Ten 3 as the Hindi commentary will be available on this channel.
Other live broadcasters
- Argentina: TyC Sports, TV Publica, DirecTV, Telefe
- Australia: SBS, Optus Sport
- Croatia: HRT
- Finland: Yle
- Iceland: RUV
- India: Sony Ten 2/3/HD 2/HD 3/ESPN
- Laos: TVLAO
- Netherlands: NOS
- Philippines: ABS-CBN
- Portugal: SportTV, SIC, RTP
- USA: Fox Sports, Telemundo
Nigeria Vs Argentina 2018 Match Preview
Both teams need a win in order to qualify for the next round of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Nigeria currently stands at the second place with three points and Argentina at the fourth place. Croatia is the only team from this group which already advanced to the next round.
This is the fifth meeting of Argentina and Nigeria in the history of FIFA World Cup. Argentina recorded victories in all of the previous meetings scoring 7 goals in those meetings.
Result of this match is also depend on Croatia vs Iceland as Iceland are still alive in the competition. Iceland and Argentina have the same number of points but based on goal difference, Iceland are at the third spot.
Since 2014, Argentina lost two major titles in a row including FIFA World Cup. The team qualified for all three finals and lost all three. La Albiceleste is two times World Champions and 14 times Copa America winners. This is the 17th appearance of Argentina in the finals.
Nigeria had a memorable World Cup in Brazil last time at least better than some World Champions. They progressed to the round of 16 where they lost to France by 0-2. As winners of CAF third round of Group B, Nigeria qualified for the World Cup for 6th time.
The African side won by 4-2 when both teams met last time in an international friendly game. Argentina did score the first two goals but conceded four later. Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, and Brian Idowu were on scoring sheets.
Nigeria’s last win against the debutants Iceland was their first victory in last five games. The Super Eagles are going through a stumbling run of one win, three defeats, and a draw.
Argentina is favorite to get three points but they need to put extra efforts. Nigeria has a strong defense. The first goal from Nigeria can put a tremendous pressure on Argentina.
Footballwood predicts a 2-1 win for Argentina.
Possible Starting lineups
Argentina: Franco Armani; Eduardo Salvio, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain.
Nigeria: Francis Uzoho; Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong, Leon Balogun; Tyronne Ebuehi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses; Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa