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No pity for World Cup flop Messi, says Nigeria’s Gernot Rohr

4:09 AM IST 26/06/18
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The Super Eagles need to book a place in the knockout phase but must avoid defeat against the striker and his Argentine mates

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says his side will show no mercy to misfiring Lionel Messi and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.

Prior to the crunch tie, the Barcelona star failed to impress for the South American giants as he missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and was silenced in their 3-0 loss to Croatia.

The 31-year-old looks destined for his last World Cup outing with his Albiceleste side on the brink of an early exit from the tournament, except they fight hard and subdue the three-time African champions.

However, the German insists his side are poised to get their first World Cup win over the South Americans giants.

“We love this great player Messi, everybody loves him,”  Rohr told media at the press conference in Saint Petersburg on Monday.

“But the question for us is not if it’s the last World Cup for him. We are not here to watch him play. We’re here to get a result.

“We are professionals and we have to defend the colours of Nigeria. In football, there is no mercy, no pity. Everybody wants to win.”