Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli denies reports of rebellion ahead of Nigeria clash

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According to the Daily Mirror, a group of players approached Argentina FA president Claudio Tapia to ask that Sampaoli either be sacked or give them a voice in upcoming team selections.

The Croatians, who outclassed Argentina with a 3-0 win, are through already and will top the group with a win or a draw against Iceland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.

Mascherano, who has represented Argentina since 2003 and, with 145 caps, has made more appearances than any of his teammates, said the players know they must take a relaxed approach to the game on Tuesday.

According to 1986 World Cup victor, Ricardo Giusti, Burruchaga has confirmed that the coach has been stripped of his effective power ahead of the Nigeria game.Giusti said: "The players will decide the team, that's a fact". The Barcelona superstar has not provided an assist or scored a goal, and missed a penalty against Iceland that could have secured victory for the South Americans.

"Leo looks fine to me, but by playing the game we played, that went against him".

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Russia's World Cup organizing committee said on Friday seven Argentinians had been detained by police after fighting with Croatian fans at a match on Thursday.

Hallgrimsson was the head coach's assistant at the Euros, but took the helm to lead the tiny island nation to its first World Cup after 14 failed attempts.

Argentina must beat Nigeria in their final group game and will have to make up a goal differential if Iceland beat Croatia.

It is 10 years since an Argentina team boasting the burgeoning talents of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Angel Di María and Javier Mascherano beat Nigeria 1-0 in the 2008 Olympic final in Beijing.

"They helped me get back to the style of play I had today. We're going to be aggressive but avoid the unnecessary fouls near the box", he said.

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