Thursday, 27 June 2019 | 15:01 WIB

Nigeria: No Mercy for Messi

Lionel Messi

SAINT PETERSBURG, NNC – Nigerian national team will do everything to make Messi's time with Argentina in the World Cup end early when the two teams meet in St. Petersburg on Wednesday (6/27/2018) early morning GMT.

Argentina, the key keeper of Group D, needs a win to reach the knockout stage and they also hope Iceland would not beat Croatia, as it could send them off the table on goal difference.

Nigeria, second in the group, will advance if they beat Argentina, while a draw can also be enough even if third-placed Iceland beat Croatia.

The match is likely to be Messi's last game in the World Cup if his team does not qualify from their group. The 31-year-old has so far struggled to make his mark, failing to execute a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and performed moderately during the 3-0 game against Croatia.

 "We are not here to see him play. We are here to get results. We are professional and we have to defend the colors of Nigeria. In soccer there is no mercy. Everyone wants to win in his game," Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr told reporters, reported by Antara.