Many expected Argentina to have secure qualification to the knockout round before their final game but the Lionel Messi-led team would face the game of their lives when they take on Nigeria on Tuesday.
Both teams clash knowing that a victory for either side should be enough assurance for qualification while the Super Eagles of Nigeria know that a draw might also be in their favour.
Anything short of a win on Tuesday night in Saint Petersburg and Argentina know they are out of the tournament, signalling the end of an era for the aging squad.
Despite the presence of Messi, Argentina dropped points in their first game against Iceland, only managing to play a 1-1 draw.
Matters got worse when they were easily beaten by Croatia 3-0; a game which sparked emotions all over the world of football. The only option left is a win against Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles made a slow start to the tournament, losing 2-0 to Croatia even though they made life difficult for Croatia as the Croats won courtesy of an own-goal and a penalty.
Nigeria came out a different team in the second game, beating Iceland 2-0 through the brilliance of Leicester city striker, Ahmed Musa.
Both teams would approach this match hoping that Croatia don’t lose by a huge margin to Iceland and that they get the job done against their opponent.
This will be the fifth encounter between Nigeria and Argentina with the South Americans having won all four up to now.
Nigeria: Francis Uzoho; Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong, Leon Balogun; Tyronne Ebuehi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses; Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa
Argentina: Franco Armani; Eduardo Salvio, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain.