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Nigeria face Messi's Argentina with World Cup last 16 in reach

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Nigeria face Lionel Messi's already qualified Argentina in Porto Alegre on Wednesday with a first appearance in the last 16 since 1998 tantalisingly within the African champions' grasp. 

Argentina's players take part in a training session at 'Cidade do Galo', their base camp in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 22, 2014, three days ahead of their FIFA World Cup Group F match against Nigeria

Tens of thousands of Messi fans are expected to make the trip up from Argentina to this southern port city for the closing Group F clash where a draw would secure the Nigerians the all important runners-up spot after Peter Odemwingie's goal against Bosnia-Hercegovina in Cuiaba on Saturday ended the west Africans' nine-match World Cup winless run.

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