After Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday afternoon, there was an exciting situation created in Group D for the final matches, and one that put qualifying for the last 16 round back into Argentina's hands.
Argentine World Cup escapology
In what may be Lionel Messi's last chance to win a World Cup, the Argentina national team is on the edge of the abyss. They were torn apart by Croatia 3-0 in the second group game, adding nothing to the point they picked up against Iceland in their opener.
A defence in pieces, an insecure goalkeeper, an unrecognisable Messi and questionable tactical decisions on the part of Sampaoli have the Albiceleste needing to perform well in their final game and hope things don't go awry in the other between Croatia and Iceland. Had the islanders been victorious over Nigeria, the South Americans' early journey home would have already been sealed.
If the Nigeria side that turned up for the second half is the one to face Argentina, a win will not be guaranteed. But assuming they do overcome the Africans, here is what will to happen based on the other game in the group:
Iceland lose to Croatia
Iceland draw with Croatia
Iceland beat Croatia
Of course, there are other narratives in play here too. Some people think that Croatia may rest key players for their final game given that qualification is assured. Potentially falling to a loss to Iceland, though, runs the risk of forgoing first place to Nigeria. A win for the African side, with enough of a goal swing in their favour, would incredibly put them top of the group on six points.