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Colombia's Yerry Mina sent a message of support to Barcelona team-mate Lionel
Messi as Argentina bid to avoid crashing out of
the Soccer World Cup on Tuesday.
After missing a
penalty in a 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland, Messi and his Argentina team were
thumped 3-0 by Croatia.
To qualify for the
last 16 in Russia, the two-time champions need to beat Nigeria in Saint
Petersburg and hope Iceland fail to win against Group D leaders Croatia.
But if Iceland win as
well, it will be time to get the calculators out.
"Leo is a great
footballer, a genius, and I respect him for the person he is," Mina, who
scored in a 3-0 win over Poland, said at Colombia's training camp in Sviyazhsk.
"I don't know why
he's being criticised... what he has achieved is incomparable.
"As he told me
when I arrived at Barcelona, he shouldn't pay attention to what's being said.
Juan Cuadrado, who
plays at Juventus with Argentina forwards Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain,
said: "They know the talent that God has given them. When they come on the
pitch it's up to them to exploit it.
"They know they
have a chance to demonstrate that and go out and do it with joy."
Colombia, who reached
the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014, will look to seal their place in the
knockout round when they face Senegal on Thursday in Group H.