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.