Nigeria vs Argentina: Messi & co. Keep their Perfect Record

Argentina are through. Nigeria are through, the first African team to progress in this World Cup. Argentina may have gotten by in their first two group games, but they were made to work for their win against Nigeria. Regardless of whether you rate Lionel Messi or not, you have to hand it to him, he’s come to the party this World Cup. Carrying Argentina the first two games, he got them rolling in this match.

Messi vs Musa

We got off to an exhilarating start, with Di Maria’s early strike saved, but no worries, Messi was there for the rebound, and he doesn’t miss those. Before I could even say “Dios Mio” Musa equalized on the other end. It was a far range shot that curled beautifully into the net. Both teams continued to push but it was Messi’s glorious left foot that sent the crowd into delirium with one of the classiest free kick takes I’ve seen. He is now tied with FC Barcelona teammate Neymar as the World Cup leading goalscorer – 4 goals each.

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal vs Nigeria

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal vs Nigeria

 

Sadly for Argentina, Sergio Aguero limped off just before halftime with injury. But the action didn’t stop there – Musa struck again as the second half got under way, in what was a defensive error from the Argentines. Rojo came to Argentina’s rescue with his first international goal in the 50th minute. Argentina managed to hold on for the rest of the game. Enyeama, despite conceding 3, saved Nigeria from a possible 7 goal demolition. With a shaky defense in front of him, he’s done well, not just in this game, but the tournament so far. I’m sure some clubs (Arsenal) have their heads raised.  In the other group F tie, Bosnia & Herzegovina Beat Iran 3-1. Now every nation in the tournament has scored a goal.

Young Rojo scores the winner

Young Rojo scores the winner

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