Javier Mascherano denies reports of mutiny in Argentina squad

Javier Mascherano denies reports of mutiny in Argentina squad

Javier Mascherano denies reports of mutiny in Argentina squad

Instead it has been a poor world cup, with reports suggesting that the players are calling for the manager to be removed ahead of their final group game.

That's how an Argentinian sports show reacted to their national football team's stunning 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the World Cup in Russian Federation on Thursday (Friday NZ time).

According to the Daily Mail, the striker - who has had an underwhelming start to his World Cup campaign - will be sacrificed as Argentina switch to a 4-3-3 formation on their players' request.

Both Group D games can be seen Tuesday at 1pm et/10am pt, Nigeria and Argentina can be found across the TSN Network, while Croatia will battle Iceland on TSN2.

The sculpture will also be put on display in Bronnitsy, a town located about 50 kilometres from Moscow that is Argentina's base during the month-long tournament.

World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. If form plays any role, expect the African team to make it really hard for Argentina as they showed in their glittering win against Iceland.

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It was skipper Lionel Messi - often derided for his below-par performance with the national side - who came to the rescue with a hat-trick in the 3-1 win in the South American qualifiers.

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The team were completely disjointed, discribed by Cesc Fabregas as having five attackers and five defenders with no midfield as Modric controlled the game. He switched formations - to a shape that didn't suit Lionel Messi - and his personnel.

There was a meeting between Argentina's players and the technical staff the following night, when the players gave their views and demanded clarity on the way the team should play.

He has a contract until 2022 and with the Argentina FA in severe financial difficulties, would usually expect to lose his job if they are eliminated.

Musa was restricted to just half an hour off the bench in Nigeria's opening defeat to Croatia but seized his chance when included in the starting XI against Iceland on Friday afternoon.

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