Argentina have to beat Nigeria and hope that that Iceland don't find a way to beat Croatia if they are to progress to the next stage of the competition but Nigeria need only draw to do the same thing!
Gernot Rohr is expected to name an unchanged 11 against Argentina. We look at three stars who could make the difference. And he will hope his showing against the Vikings help him tie down a starting spot on Tuesday.
While none of the Nigerian silver medallists are in Russian Federation, a large number of Argentina's last set of Olympic men's football champions are: Angel Di Maria, who scored the winning goal in Beijing, played in Argentina's draw with Iceland on day three of what has been a wretched World Cup so far. Nigeria would finish bottom of the group with a solitary point, while Argentina and their boisterous rookie boss were eventually thumped 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals. The Argentines have been less than impressive in Russian Federation having drawn 1-1 with Iceland - with Lionel Messi missing a penalty - and losing 3-0 to Croatia in their second match.
Second in the standings, Nigeria must beat Argentina in St Petersburg to guarantee a place in the last 16, but a point will be enough if Iceland fail to beat leaders Croatia.
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A month on from Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 back in November to highlight how reliant even a squad containing Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remain on their number 10.
Nigeria defender Brian Idowu said it is the "main goal" of the team to make it Messi's last game at the tournament.
"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday. But I'm so excited to be here, representing my country in the World Cup. Through two matches, he has taken four shots, and with Argentina likely to dominate possession against Nigeria, he could add a couple more on Tuesday. But the African flagbearers are not a team to be easily brow-beaten, and have adopted an "Argentina Must Fall" motto since flaying Iceland in Volgograd. We are not thinking about Messi, whether it is his last World Cup or not. While there are many permutations and scenarios that will decide the fate of countless World Cup dreams, there is one team that remains in focus because of the fact that a legend of the game's World Cup career could be over in less than a day. "I am totally convinced that team will go onto the pitch with great energy to secure a victory".
Kun is Argentina's only goalscorer so far, netting a superb opener in the 1-1 draw against Iceland.