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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

World Cup 2018: Nigeria 1-2 Argentina (Details & Facts)

Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo were both on the scoresheet as Argentina secured a dramatic late victory over Nigeria.

A late goal by Marcos Rojo gave Argentina a dramatic victory over Nigeria and sent the twice champions through to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the tournament with an expertly taken shot.

However, Nigeria were level six minutes after the restart, when Javier Mascherano fouled Leon Balogun in the area and Victor Moses stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past Franco Armani.

With the game ebbing away from Argentina, Gabriel Mercado crossed from the right in and Rojo turned the ball into the goal with a first time strike to spark wild celebrations from the Argentines.

Argentina face France in the last 16 after finishing second in the group, while Croatia take on Group C runners-up Denmark.

Nigeria and Iceland are out after finishing third and fourth, respectively.

NIGERIA 1-2 ARGENTINA: Messi (14), Victor Moses (51), Marcus Rojo (88).

Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Idowu, Ekong, Balogun, Omeruo, Ndidi, Etebo, Mikel, Musa, Moses, Iheanacho.

Argentina XI: Armani, Mercado, Tagliafico, Rojo, Otamendi, Mascherano, Perez, Banega, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain.


662 - Lionel Messi has scored his first World Cup goal in 662 minutes of football, his last previous World Cup goal came against Nigeria as well, in 2014. Relief.

100 - Lionel Messi has scored the 100th goal at the 2018 World Cup. Permanent.

17 - Franco Armani will become the 17th different goalkeeper to start for Argentina 🇦🇷 at the World Cup - no country have had more. Trend.

30y 189d - The average age of Argentina’s starting XI against Nigeria is 30 years and 189 days; their oldest for a World Cup game in competition history. Ripe.

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