heaviest in a World Cup group stage match since 1958, put the 2014 runners-up in serious danger of a first round exit before Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland gave them a lifeline.
Sergio Aguero will make sure the right music is there for everyone.
Which Nigerian player do you expect to shine at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup? This team has lost the past three finals they have played.
This thinking stems from reports that the players from 1986 World Cup-winning side want to take over the federation, with players calling Jorge Burruchaga, now the general manager of the national side, to replace Sampaoli.
"It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game", said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday.
Twenty years later Musa has the chance to eliminate Messi's Argentina, and the pocket rocket who stands just 1.70 metres (five feet seven inches) tall is ready for the challenge.
And those who say he does not perform for his country like he does for his club are wrong.
According to both Simon Mullock of the Mirror and the always well-informed Jose Alvarez, a friend of Sergio's, Sampaoli has made a decision to punish the Manchester City icon by benching him against Nigeria on Tuesday.
"So obviously I think we could work together", said Dybala last week, as per FourFourTwo.
Those three will play a crucial role with their quality and experience, but Sampaoli must find a system that works.
The CSKA Moscow forward is expected to face the Albiceleste again when Nigeria square up against Argentina in Tuesday's all-important Group D fixture at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.
"Leo has played as well as he could, but it is hard to solve the problems of your peers - and I should know".
"The way the match was structured against Croatia didn't suit Messi", the coach said.
To make things worse, he also missed a penalty. The players look like they are not interested, the manager is looking like a disaster and Messi looks like he wants to be back at Barcelona. They play Nigeria on Tuesday evening and it is, quite simply, win or bust.