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Argentina fields Messi-led 4-3-3 against Nigeria

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 10:19 am •  Published: June 25, 2014
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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Nigeria and Argentina are not resting any of their starters in their final Group F match on Wednesday and sticking with the lineups they had in their previous matches.

Argentina will again rely on captain Lionel Messi — with two World Cup goals in Brazil already — moving wide and deep in a three-man attack behind Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is also keeping the lineup he used in Nigeria's previous match, against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Vincent Enyeama will try to remain the only goalkeeper yet to concede a goal at this World Cup, while striker Peter Odemwingie has been called up again after scoring the winner against Bosnia.

Already qualified for the second round, Argentina needs at least a draw to win Group F. If Nigeria wins it will top the group, while a draw is enough to make sure of advancing.

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Lineups:

Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa; Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Michael Babatunde; Peter Odemwingie, Emmanuel Emenike.

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Fernando Gago, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero.