That was as good as it got for Argentina, however, as a 1-0 loss to England and a 1-1 draw against Sweden left them eliminated along with Nigeria at the end of the group stage - standings that represent a dream scenario this time around for Iceland supporters.
Manager Jorge Sampaoli has made five changes for the must-win game and set out a 4-4-2 stall.
They are hoping to emulate Paul the octopus who became an global celebrity when he correctly forecast the outcome of Germany's games at the 2010 World Cup and picked eventual winners Spain. "We'll try to make it better and hope that he will be able to receive the ball a lot more".
Reports claim Lionel Messi and Co demanded the head of the former Chile boss - and wanted the Argentine FA to replace him with general manager and 1986 World Cup victor Jorge Barruchaga.
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Nigeria are looking to win successive World Cup games for the first time since 1998 - three points will also guarantee a place in the knockout stages for the fourth time. Croatia will face Iceland while Argentina does battle with Nigeria.
Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higauin are both expected to get the nod for the 7pm kick off.
Argentina fans clearly outnumber those of Nigeria in the stadium.
The outcome soothed a little the bad memories of 12 years earlier, when on a dramatic, gripping afternoon in Georgia, USA, Nigeria had beaten Argentina 3-2 to take gold at the Atlanta Games.
It's now or never for Argentina That man is Lionel Messi, whose inability to win a major trophy with Argentina has dogged his record-breaking career. Argentina is the heavy favorite, going off at -195 in the latest 2018 World Cup odds, meaning you would need to bet $195 on an outright victory to return $100.
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The coach revealed that every member of his team is fit and ready for the clash, adding, however, that Mikel Obi will play with a cast in his hand because of a slight fracture he suffered in the last game against Iceland.
The Eagles are most likely to stick with the more adventurous 3-5-2 when they attack, but quickly revert to a tighter defensive unit when they are defending their goal so as to keep at bay Argentina's deadly strike force. An Icelandic win over already-qualified Croatia, however, can make things complicated, with goal difference coming into play to decide the second spot in Group D.
"That was what worked for us in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup". With his blistering pace and clinical finishing, I'd like to see Musa really take the game to the Argentines.
4 - Number of FIFA World Cup victories Argentina have achieved against Nigeria.
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That means the victor would be in good shape to advance past the group stage, and a draw could end up benefiting either or both. And the 26-year-old admits he's aiming to replicate his efforts with Liverpool with his country this summer.