Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Argentina Failure Would Be a Boost for Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Argentina Failure Would Be a Boost for Blues

Article excerpt

ARGENTINA'S World Cup woe could end up being a major plus for City.

The Albiceleste stand on the brink of elimination from Russia 2018 after flopping badly in their opening group games against Iceland and Croatia.

They need to beat Nigeria in St Petersburg tonight to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages of the competition. City star Sergio Aguero has scored their only goal in the tournament so far, and Nicolas Otamendi has been part of a wobbling defence which was brutally exposed by Croatia in a 3-0 defeat.

Even if they do beat the African side, they are relying on Iceland not beating Croatia - who have already qualified.

If they do not go through, it will be Argentina's worst showing at a World Cup since 2002, when they also departed at the group stage. …

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