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FIFA World Cup: Result SWEDEN 0 – 2 ENGLAND, Saturday 7 July 2018

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43% Ball Possession SWEDEN and 57% Ball Possession ENGLAND

  Sweden 0 – 2 England 

.                                                                       30′ Harry Maguire
.                                                                       59′ Dele Alli

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England winning the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia after defeating Sweden. England securing their spot for the World Cup Semifinal.

It is England to open the score in the 30th minute. Harry Maguire defeating Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen with a headed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Ashley Young with a cross following a corner conceded by Emil Krafth.

The second goal of the match is in the 59th minute. Dele Alli delighting English fans with his headed shot.  The assist is by Jesse Lingard.

Here is SWEDEN official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Andersson:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Here is ENGLAND official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Southgate:

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane.

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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden.

England National team: No Serie A players

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Former AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan player Zlatan Ibrahimovic congratulating their fellow countrymen for their participation in this World Cup

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Sweden 0 – 2 England
Saturday 7 July 2018
Samara Arena
Samara, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
Fourth Official: Antonio MATEU (ESP)
Res. Assistant: Pau CEBRIAN (ESP)

Goals: 30′ Harry Maguire (E), 59′ Dele Alli (E)

Official lineups – formations:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, Olsson, Svensson, Guidetti, Helander, Hiljermark, Jansson, Rhodén, Durmaz, Kiese Thelin.

Coach: Andersson.

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Vardy, Welbeck.

Coach: Southgate.

FIFA World Cup: Sweden vs England, Official starting lineups, Saturday 7 July 2018

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  Sweden – England 

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FIFA announcing SWEDEN vs ENGLAND official starting lineups – formations for the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia at 18:00 local time.  It is Referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands to direct the game.

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, Olsson, Svensson, Guidetti, Helander, Hiljermark, Jansson, Rhodén, Durmaz, Kiese Thelin.

Coach: Andersson.

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Vardy, Welbeck.

Coach: Southgate.

Referee Kuipers will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED) and Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED). The Fourth Official will be Antonio MATEU (ESP). The Res. Assistant will be Pau CEBRIAN (ESP).
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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden.

England National team: No Serie A players

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Quarterfinals

Sweden – England
Saturday 7 July 2018
Samara Arena
Samara, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
Fourth Official: Antonio MATEU (ESP)
Res. Assistant: Pau CEBRIAN (ESP)

FIFA World Cup: Sweden vs England, Match Officials, Referee Bjorn Kuipers, Saturday 7 July 2018

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  Sweden – England 

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FIFA announcing SWEDEN vs ENGLAND match officials for the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia at 18:00 local time.  It is Referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands to direct the game.

Referee Kuipers will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED) and Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED). The Fourth Official will be Antonio MATEU (ESP). The Res. Assistant will be Pau CEBRIAN (ESP).
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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden.

England National team: No Serie A players

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Quarterfinals

Sweden – England
Saturday 7 July 2018
Samara Arena
Samara, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
Fourth Official: Antonio MATEU (ESP)
Res. Assistant: Pau CEBRIAN (ESP)

Italian Serie A Players among the 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals


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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals promise to be a thriller.  I am so happy to see many of our Italian Serie A players participating with their respective national teams and wish them the best.   There are 8 teams in the Quarterfinals and 6 include Serie A players among their 23-man called up squads, only 2 teams do not have Serie A players.  Check it out…..

Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads in the Quarterfinals
  • Croatia National team:6 Italian Serie A players: Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic.
  • Uruguay National team: 5 Italian Serie A players Lazio defender Martín Cáceres, Inter midfielder Matías Vecino, Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt.
  • Brazil National team: 3 Italian Serie A players AS Roma Goalkeeper Alisson, Inter defender Miranda, and Juventus forward Douglas Costa.
  • Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden .
  • Belgium National team: 1 Italian Serie A player Napoli forward Dries Mertens.
  • France National team: 1 Italian Serie A player Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
  • England National team: No Italian Serie A players.
  • Russia National team: No Italian Serie A players.
My Predictions for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qurterfinals
  • Uruguay vs France, July 6, My pick @Uruguay ??
  • Brazil vs Belgium, July 6, My pick @CBF_Futebol ??
  • Sweden vs England, July 7, My pick Sweden ??
  • Russia vs Croatia, July 7, My pick Croatia @HNS_CFF ??

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2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals Predictions…


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Are you ready for the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals? I AM! Here are my predictions….. and yours?

  • Uruguay vs France, July 6, My pick @Uruguay ??
  • Brazil vs Belgium, July 6, My pick @CBF_Futebol ??
  • Sweden vs England, July 7, My pick Sweden ??
  • Russia vs Croatia, July 7, My pick Croatia @HNS_CFF ??

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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads in the Quarterfinals

Croatia National team: 6 Italian Serie A players Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic.

Uruguay National team: 5 Italian Serie A players Lazio defender Martín Cáceres, Inter midfielder Matías Vecino, Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt.

Brazil National team: 3 Italian Serie A players AS Roma Goalkeeper Alisson, Inter defender Miranda, and Juventus forward Douglas Costa.

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden .

Belgium National team: 1 Italian Serie A player Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

France National team: 1 Italian Serie A player Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

England National team: No Italian Serie A players.

Russia National team: No Italian Serie A players.

FIFA World Cup: Sweden vs Switzerland, Official starting lineups, Tuesday 3 July 2018

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   Sweden – Switzerland  

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FIFA announcing SWEDEN vs SWITZERLAND official starting lineups – formations for the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 game on Tuesday 3 July, 2018 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia at 17:00 local time.  It is Referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia to direct the game.

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Svensson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt; Olsson, Guidetti, Helander, Hiljermark, Kraft, Jansson, Rhodén, Durmaz, Kiese Thelin.

Coach: Andersson

SWITZERLAND (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lang, Akanji, Djourou, Rodríguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Džemaili, Zuber; Drmić.

Subs: Mvogo, Bürki; Moubandje, Elvedi, Embolo, Freuler, Seferović, Fernandes, Zakaria, Gavranović.

Coach: Petković

Referee: Skomina (SLO)
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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark  and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden .

Switzerland National team: 5 Italian Serie A players, Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, AC Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez, Udinese midfielder Valon Behrami, Bologna midfieler Blerim Dzemaili, and Atalanta midfielder Remo Freuler

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Sweden – Switzerland
Tuesday 3 July 2018
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg, Russia

19:00 (Local time)

Referee: SKOMINA Damir (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: PRAPROTNIK Jure (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: VUKAN Robert (SVN)
Fourth official: SHUKRALLA Nawaf (BHR)
Video Assistant Referee: ORSATO Daniele (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: DIAZ Roberto (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2: DANKERT Bastian (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee 3: IRRATI Massimiliano (ITA )

FIFA World Cup: Mexico vs Sweden, Official lineups, Wednesday 27 June 2018

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  Mexico – Sweden 

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FIFA announcing MEXICO vs SWEDEN official starting lineups – formations  for the FIFA World Cup First Stage Group F game on Wednesday 27 June, 2018 at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia at 17:00 local time.  It is Referee Nestor Pitana from Argentina to direct the game.

SWEDEN  (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt; Olsson, Helander, Krafth, Svensson, Hiljemark, Rhodén, Jansson, Durmaz, Guidetti, Thelin.

Coach: Andersson

MEXICO (4-2-3-1): Ochoa; Álvarez, Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo; Guardado, Herrera; Lozano, Vela, Layún; Hernández.

Subs: José Corona, Talavera; Ayala, Márquez, Gutiérrez, J. Dos Santos, Fabián, Raúl Giménez, G. Dos Santos, Jesús Corona, Peralta, Aquino

Coach: Osorio.

Referee: Pitana (ARG)

Referee Pitana will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG) and Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG). The Fourth Official will be Andres CUNHA (URU). Res. Assistant will be Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)

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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark  and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden .

Mexico National team: No Serie A players
Ex-Hellas Verona Captain Rafael Marquez and the ex-Fiorentina defender Carlos Salcedo among the called up.
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Mexico – Sweden
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Ekaterinburg Arena
Ekaterinburg, Russia

19:00 (Local time)

Referee: Nestor PITANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG)
Fourth Official: Andres CUNHA (URU)
Res. Assistant: Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)

FIFA World Cup: Mexico vs Sweden, Match Officials, Referee Nestor Pitana, Wednesday 27 June 2018

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  Mexico – Sweden 

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FIFA announcing MEXICO vs SWEDEN match officials for the FIFA World Cup First Stage Group F game on Wednesday 27 June, 2018 at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia at 17:00 local time.  It is Referee Nestor Pitana from Argentina to direct the game.

Referee Pitana will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG) and Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG). The Fourth Official will be Andres CUNHA (URU). Res. Assistant will be Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)

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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark  and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden .

Mexico National team: No Serie A players

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First stage – Group F

Mexico – Sweden
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Ekaterinburg Arena
Ekaterinburg, Russia

19:00 (Local time)

Referee: Nestor PITANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG)
Fourth Official: Andres CUNHA (URU)
Res. Assistant: Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)

FIFA World Cup: Result NIGERIA 1 – 2 ARGENTINA, Tuesday 26 June 2018

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35% Ball Possession NIGERIA and 65% Ball Possession ARGENTINA

  Nigeria 1 – 2 Argentina Argentina

51′ Victor Moses (pen)                             14′ Lionel Messi
.                                                                         86′ Marcos Rojo

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Stats BEFORE the game.
  • Nigeria,  2nd position with 3 points and a goal difference of “0”
  • Argentina, 4th position with 1 point and a negative goal difference of -3

It was a much needed victory.   Argentina winning the First Stage Group D game on Tuesday 26 June at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  This victory guaranteed Argentina the qualification to the Round of 16 and will face France.   Nigeria is eliminated. Heroes for Argentina are Captain Lionel Messi opening the score and defender Marcos Rojo scoring the winner goal. Croatia advance as Group D Leader.

First Stage Group D Standing After Matchday 3

Croatia in the 1st position with 9 points and a positive goal difference of +6. Argentina in the 2nd position with 4 points and a negative goal difference of -2. Nigeria in the 3rd position with 3 points and a negative goal difference of -1. Iceland in the 4th position with 1 point and a negative goal difference of -3.

Argentina opening the score in the 14th minute. It is Captain Lionel Messi to give a joy to the thousands of Argentineans fans at the Stadium shouting this goal including the great “Diego Armando Maradona” watching from the Tribune. Messi defeating Nigeria goalkeeper Uzoho with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Éver Banega with a through ball.

The honor goal for Nigeria happening in the 51st minute. Victor Moses converts a penalty defeating Argentina goalkeeper Armani with a right footed shot in the center. The penalty was conceded by Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano after a foul on Leon Balogun inside the penalty area.

The moment of joy, the final cherry on top of the ice cream is for Argentina in the 86th minute. It is defender Marcos Rojo to smack a right footed shot all the way to the bottom right corner. The assist is by Gabriel Mercado with a cross. It was the needed goal to secure the passing to the Round of 16. Surely, a tense match and much needed boost for the morale of the team.

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Italian Serie A Players with Nigeria and Argentina

Argentina National team:   5 Italian Serie A players, AS Roma defender Federico Fazio, Torino defender Cristian Ansaldi, AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia, Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

Nigeria National team: 1 Italian Serie A and 1 Serie B players Torino midfielder Joel Obi (Serie A) and Crotone forward Simeon Nwankwo (Serie B).
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Nigeria 1 – 2 Argentina
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg, Russia

21:00 Local time

Referee: Cuneyt CAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
Fourth Official: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Res. Assistant: Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)

Goals/b>: 14′ Lionel Messi (A), 51′ Victor Moses (pen)(N), 86′ Marcos Rojo (A)

Official lineups – formations:

NIGERIA (4-3-3): Uzoho; Idowu, Ekong, Balowun, Omeruo; Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo; Iehanacho, Musa, Moses.

Substitutes: Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Iwobi, Ebuehi, Shehu, Ighalo, Nwankwo, Onazi, Obi, Ogu, Awaziem, Echiejile

Coach:  Gernot Rohr

ARGENTINA (4-3-3) – Armani; Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Perez, Mascherano, Banega; Di Maria, Messi, Higuain.

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli

FIFA World Cup: Nigeria vs Argentina, Officials starting lineups, Tuesday 26 June 2018

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  Nigeria – Argentina Argentina

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Stats BEFORE the game.
  • Nigeria,  2nd position with 3 points and a goal difference of “0”
  • Argentina, 4th position with 1 point and a negative goal difference of -3

FIFA announcing NIGERIA vs ARGENTINA official starting lineups – formations for the First Stage Group D game on Tuesday 26 June at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia at 21:00 local time.   It is Referee Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey to direct the game.

NIGERIA (4-3-3): Uzoho; Idowu, Ekong, Balowun, Omeruo; Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo; Iehanacho, Musa, Moses.

Substitutes: Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Iwobi, Ebuehi, Shehu, Ighalo, Nwankwo, Onazi, Obi, Ogu, Awaziem, Echiejile

Coach:  Gernot Rohr

ARGENTINA (4-3-3) – Armani; Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Perez, Mascherano, Banega; Di Maria, Messi, Higuain.

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli

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Italian Serie A Players with Nigeria and Iceland

Argentina National team:   5 Italian Serie A players, AS Roma defender Federico Fazio, Torino defender Cristian Ansaldi, AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia, Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

Nigeria National team: 1 Italian Serie A and 1 Serie B players Torino midfielder Joel Obi (Serie A) and Crotone forward Simeon Nwankwo (Serie B).
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First stage – Group D

Nigeria – Argentina
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg, Russia

21:00 Local time

Referee: Cuneyt CAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
Fourth Official: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Res. Assistant: Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)