Nigeria vs Argentina: FIFA World Cup: Argentina strike late to advance to knockout stages | Football News
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Croatia advance as winners of Group D with the utmost 9 factors after beating Iceland 2-1 and Nigeria have been simply minutes away from becoming a member of them earlier than central defender Rojo fantastically volleyed house a Gabriel Mercado cross from the correct.
Messi had put Argentina forward within the 14th minute, with a fabulously taken aim however the Africans equalised by a Victor Moses penalty within the 51st minute and the twice World Cup winners struggled to reply to that setback with a ragged second half show.
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In entrance of a large following of passionate and loud Argentine followers, the sport started in very best trend for Jorge Sampaoli’s aspect, who had managed only a level from their opening two video games.
A superbly weighted diagonal ball excessive by Ever Banega was sublimely introduced down on the skin of his thigh by Messi who then drove previous Nigeria’s teenage keeper Francis Uzoho to open the scoring.
The number of Banega proved to be an impressed one by Sampaoli with the Sevilla midfielder offering the standard service that had been missing of their opening two video games.
Banega nearly impressed a second aim for the Argentines when he put Angel Di Maria clear, the winger being introduced down by Leon Balogun and Messi struck the woodwork from the ensuing free kick with a roller from the left towards the far put up.
It had been a formidable half from Argentina however the recreation was to take a twist shortly after the interval.
Defending a nook, Argentine defender Javier Mascherano jockeyed Leon Balogun inside the world and when the Nigerian fell to the ground, Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded a penalty.
After prolonged and impassioned protests from the Argentine gamers, Moses managed to maintain his cool and slot previous Franco Armani to degree the scores.
Nigeria wasted a number of probabilities so as to add a second and safe their place within the final 16 earlier than the unlikely supply of Manchester United central defender Rojo stored Argentina’s event alive and left Nigeria in despair.
Argentina go on to face France within the subsequent spherical whereas Croatia tackle Denmark.