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Maradona Slams Argentina Boss, Comments On Messi Penalty Miss

Maradona Slams Argentina Boss, Comments On Messi Penalty Miss

"I love this group because we know how to rise to the occasion together", said Rohr, on the Nigerian Football Federation website.

The former Argentina player was caught smoking a cigar inside the stadium while watching Argentina play Iceland in their first match of the tournament.

Javier Mascherano, 34, playing in his fourth World Cup, said that "we have to keep going, this is just beginning and we can not fall apart".

"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 Rohr.

Nigeria are the lowest-ranked team in the group at 48 but have displayed the ability to punch above their weight as they did at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they reached the round of 16.

Messi saw his spot kick saved by goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson after Alfred Finnbogason had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's 19th minute opener.

Messi had 11 shots without scoring - setting a new Argentina record for the World Cup - and was dejected at the final whistle.

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"I do not blame the players".

Although drawn in a tough group in Russian Federation with Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, they believe they have what it takes to make the knockout rounds.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor endured a frustrating afternoon against the European minnows and missed a penalty during their 1-1 Group D opener.

With Grouillants played more confident - had the advantage of two goals in the first half, but after a second manipulation of Hallgrimsson the team allowed the opponents to equalize through.

"It wasn't the one that we expected though, but still we tried not to lose the game". "We can't dwell on it, or think that we've won something".

Nigeria, however, now needs a win against Iceland on Friday to have any real chance of advancing. It was obvious that Iceland had been better prepared for the game than Argentina and it makes me feel very sad, " he added.

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Sweden will play against South Korea June 18. "I guess we could have been better in our last pass, that's true", he said. Germany managed a total of 25 shots in the course of their 1-0 defeat.