Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi: Who is surrounded by the better team?

A Nigerian fan carries a live chicken

"This will lift us to continue our journey", Real Madrid midfielder Modric said at a post-match press conference.

Sampaoli said that Argentina started slowly and wasted too much time passing the ball around innocuously in midfield - although he may have played a part in that by fielding two defensive players, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, in front of the defence. Argentina can't allow this result to linger around long if this tournament is going to be successful. "We tried to find spaces in the Iceland defense, but we couldn't find them", he added.

Lionel Messi and Cristian Ansaldi with the Argentina National Team.

"Apart from everything else he sets a good example for all of us to follow. We had no short game". We were so, so poor on Saturday: the defence looked vulnerable, the midfield was kind of non-existent and looked like it had no fight.

"When you lose a match it is something we don't like but we recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made some mistakes", said Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

"The win has raised our confidence and we are ready for Argentina", Modric said at the post match conference.

Maradona said that the road to qualification is hard pointing Nigeria as a stubborn opponent that may stop them in their last qualification match.

24 hours earlier, Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain. What a wonderful match.

Portugal reached the semi-finals in 2006, the closest Ronaldo has come to the title, although the finals in Russian Federation are likely the 33-year-old's last chance at World Cup glory.

In the build-up to the game, Croatia's players had shrugged off suggestions that being dubbed the country's "Golden Generation" put them under pressure, but the team's stars failed to shine against Nigeria.

Modric and Rakitic pushed their team forward and did not allow Nigeria's midfield to reach its fast, young forwards. He certainly has to, but Argentine legend Hernan Crespo explains why we could see Messi struggle once again in Russian Federation.

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