Maradona flips double double middle fingers, Argentina beats Nigeria

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While there are many permutations and scenarios that will decide the fate of countless World Cup dreams, there is one team that remains in focus because of the fact that a legend of the game's World Cup career could be over in less than a day.

This is decided on a points basis: one point deduction for a yellow card, three point deduction for a red card issued as a result of a second yellow; four point deduction for a straight red; five-point deduction for a straight red issued after a yellow card.

The Balkans lead Group D after having won the first two games, but they can lose first place if Nigeria beat Argentina by a landslide.

As pressure goes, few will be under more than Argentina's beleaguered coach Jorge Sampaoli who has, we believe, survived a palace coup and will coach the side for their decisive clash against Nigeria.

Deschamps equaled Raymond Domenech's record tally of 79 games as France manager in their match against Denmark.

It was the second time this month that middle fingers were shown on camera at the World Cup, after singer Robbie Williams flipped off the cameras while singing in the opening ceremony before the first game.

The former Everton forward's first trip to the tournament came in 2006 in South Korea, where he helped his country reach the round of 16 - Australia's best finish at the quadrennial tournament. Kylian Mpabbe came close to avoiding that unwanted stat just before the end of proceedings, but he stumbled over the ball in the penalty area and Denmark were allowed to clear their lines.

Argentina now sit at fourth place in Group D and face second-placed Nigeria in their last group match today.

His side are now 18 games unbeaten and finding a way to score against them will now be Croatia's problem when they meet in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

"They are a great team that were able to beat Argentina".