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3
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3
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1
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Messi Leads Argentina Into Last 16, Nigeria Crash Out

2018 World Cup Report: Nigeria v Argentina 26 June 2018

By SL International - Jun 26, 2018 09:55 PM

Argentina secured their spot in knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup after defeating Nigeria 2-1 thanks to a late winner from an unlikely source.

2018 World Cup

Result: Nigeria 1-2 Argentina

Date: 26 June 2018

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Click through the gallery to see the best images of the game!

Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo returned to the Argentina line-up while Gonzalo Higuain replaced Sergio Aguero in the attack.

There was a good tempo to the first half as both nations registered efforts at goal in the opening 10 minutes, although Nigeria's Ahmed Musa went the closest.

It was the South Americans, though, who broke the deadlock on 14 minutes as a superb long ball from Ever Banega found Messi, who controlled well before firing a right-footed strike into the far corner.

Argentina nearly found a second goal after 28 minutes when Messi turned provider to slip in Higuain, who was eventually thwarted by Francis Uzoho.

Five minutes later, Messi was denied by the woodwork as the Argentine's free-kick from 20-yards out crashed against the upright after a fingertip save from Uzoho.

The Super Eagles, meanwhile, did pose a threat with Victor Moses and Musa on the flanks, however, the attacking duo did not have any joy as the African nation went into the break trailing.

Five minutes into the second half, the Super Eagles were awarded a penalty when Javier Mascherano committed a foul on Balogun, and Moses stepped up and calmly rolled the ball into the back of the net to level matters for the Nigerians.

Jorge Sampaoli responded by introducing Cristian Pavón for Enzo Perez after the hour mark as they went in search of a second goal.

The Super Eagles looked confident on the ball going forward and they went close to taking the lead when Wilfried Ndidi's long-range effort sailed inches over the crossbar.

Higuain squandered a golden chance to put Argentina ahead with nine minutes remaining as he blazed over the crossbar from close range.

Argentina were not to be denied in the 86th minute as defender Marcos Rojo found the back of the net with a superb finish from 12-yards out.

Argentina managed to see off any late surge from the Super Eagles to secure three points and a spot in the round of 16.

Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Idowu, Ndidi, Ekong, Balogun, Musa, Etebo, Mikel, Moses, Iheanacho, Omeruo
 
Argentina XI: Armani, Mercado, Tagliafico, Banega, Higuaín, Messi, Di María, Mascherano, Pérez, Marcos Rojo, Otamendi


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ta more@mbekweni Joined: 05 Jun 2018
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 27, 2018 10:31 PM
@yanga kokstad ok reminder it makes no difference the are in the last 16
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yanga kokstad Joined: 26 Feb 2017
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yanga kokstad Jun 27, 2018 04:07 PM
please, admin, don't feed us incorrect information its Marcos Rojo who send Argentine to the last 16, not Messi
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blackmeteor Jun 27, 2018 02:27 PM
@leendomint ..and if we complain we are treated like naughty children by almighty FIFA.
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leendomint Jun 27, 2018 02:22 PM
@blackmeteor Yes i fully agree with you... Yesterday referee showed no love for the African side..another thing i still don't understand is why there's still 14 European teams in the world cup whiles we all equal , with equal right.. Africa is the biggest continent with 53 countries compared to Europe's 43, but still only 5 teams participate in the world cup, so the will forever be a slim chances for an African side to ever win the world cup.
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blackmeteor Jun 27, 2018 02:13 PM
@leendomint The biggest inconsistency is the referees' bias against African teams...........FACT.
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blackmeteor Jun 27, 2018 02:10 PM
@Big Mouth Pep Of all the teams France has the most talent.....but they often misfire, so Argentina's success/failure depends on which French team rocks up...........
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☆barca_4sky☆ Jun 27, 2018 09:45 AM
The Argentina coach is really useless,how can he not pick Icardi for this world cup? Someone who brings a different dimension to other strikes, a target man..in reality Icardi n Aguero should be leading the line with Messi behind them, then Dyabala on the right side of middlefild since Argentina lacks creativity in the middle,..why call Dyabala for this world cup if you ain't gonna use him, and then give an absolutely nonsense excuse, sayin he playin like Messi they play the same position..mxm wat a lot of b**.
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JOMMAK Jun 27, 2018 09:21 AM
The double control, on the run, then the placement....GOAT
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JOMMAK Jun 27, 2018 09:20 AM
Penald'or can only dream of making a finish like that...
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Sir Lore. Joined: 01 Oct 2017
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Sir Lore. Jun 27, 2018 09:18 AM
In the Seria A league stats: Ircadi 29 goals, Dybala 21 goals, Higuain 16 goals.. and for some reason, Higuain is deemed more lethal and a better player than the aforementioned players
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Vuyo305 Jun 27, 2018 08:21 AM
@ishmizzy_vhafuwi_mulalo those two were not similar bru. Rojo headed the ball to his had which can not be a dilibarate act. While on the other game the oppenet headed the ball to his opponent hand which can be debated as delibare act. On the point of VAR I also don't like it but hey Nigeria did benefit from it. Unlike Argentina in their first match against Iceland when Paton was fouled on the box but the ref and VAR decided to turn a blind eye on the incident. And on the incident where Nigeria were protesting for the penalty I won't blame that on the VAR because the ref did go and look at the replays and decided to opt against giving a penalty
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 27, 2018 08:17 AM
@Big Mouth Pep we will cross that bridge when we reach it don't worry there's always solutions for future if it is the way to greave your loss worrying about future it's fine deal with it but France will have to contest for quoter final rights
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 27, 2018 08:11 AM
Saddest people is Ronaldo's more than Nigerians krkrkrkrkr kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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Big Mouth Pep Joined: 18 Jun 2018
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Big Mouth Pep Jun 27, 2018 08:10 AM
DO you people think Argentine can beat France ...are you crazy?
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ta more@mbekweni Jun 27, 2018 08:06 AM
@ishmizzy_vhafuwi_mulalo Kwaaaaaaaaaa crying heeeeeeeee you will be right with time time heal brother don't dispise and despair it's a ball to hand or deflation not hand to the ball you will understand when it happen to you favourite team Messi killed you not Nigeria hahahahahaha
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ishmizzy_vhafuwi_mulalo Jun 27, 2018 07:54 AM
Shirt my apology
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ishmizzy_vhafuwi_mulalo Jun 27, 2018 07:53 AM
I agree with those who said VAR favours only the so called big footballing countries,more especially europian n south American teams.Nigeria was robbed a penalty which is similar to the one given to Iran.that referee Neva wanted to even consider VAR in the first place.I am sure after the game he went to Messi and ask for his shit,he was just a spectactor in some occasion.he felt sorry for the Argentinian bcos after 80 minutes they started fighting physically,mascherano was bleeding but the ref didn'tbother to tell him to go out and get attended.
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kg_4_khosi Jun 27, 2018 07:21 AM
Neutrals will agree that wasn’t a penalty, but Messi haters will say ish as usual..that high foot tackle yes that might be a penalty but not the one y’all are crying about
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leendomint Jun 27, 2018 07:20 AM
That VAR must be banned if it will continue with this inconsistency.
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kg_4_khosi Jun 27, 2018 07:18 AM
The coach needs to find a way of playing dyabala in his system, even lazzini is better than that Enzo cow, dimaria is finished, higuan is just not the same as with juventus so is aguero. Messi is playing with cows who happens to be star players at their respective clubs

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