A Lionel Messi brace saw Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in a high scoring game as both teams advanced to the knock out stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Group F
Zabaleta – Garay – Fernandez – Marcos Rojo
Javier Mascherano – Fernando Gago
Angel Di Maria – Lionel Messi
Sergio Aguero – Gonzalo Higuain
Subs: Orion, Andujar, Campagnaro, Biglia, Perez, Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Demichelis, Palacio, Alvarez, Lavezzi, Basanta
Ambrose – Yobo – Oshaniwa – Omeruo;
Onazi – Mikel
Musa – Babatunde – Odemwingie
Subs: Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Egwuekwe, Moses, Kunle, Oboabona, Azeez, Ejide, Nwofor, Uchebo, Agbim, Shola Ameobi
Argentina vs Nigeria 2014 World Cup Highlights Goals GIFs Photos
Argentina booked their place into the Round of 16 after finishing on top of Group F with 3 consecutive victories in 3 matches, thanks to a Lionel Messi brace.
It was a match to remember for all the fans inside the stadium as they witnessed a flurry of goals in the Estadio Beira-Rio that is located in Southern Brazil.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the third minute of the match as Di Maria produced a great run inside the penalty area, only to see his shot deflected twice of the goal post. However, Messi arrived in late to blast in the rebound inside the Nigerian net. This was his third goal of the tournament.
The spectators had not even got their eye inside the match when Nigeria equalized in the fourth minute through Firaz Moosa. Nigeria started a counterattack as Musa latched onto a ball on the left flank, before unleashing an exquisite finish past Romero and into the far side of the goal.
Lionel Messi then produced another moment of brilliance as he scored through a free kick just before half time to give Argentina the lead once again. Nigeria’s goalkeeper Enyeama could only admire the shot as it went past him into the net and it sent the crowd into pandemonium.
The second half began in the same way as the first half had started off. Firaz Moosa scored the equalizer once again in the 47th minute as the Argentinian defense had no answers to his brilliant run.
However, Argentina were back in front only after 3 minutes as Marcos Rojo scored Argentina’s third goal in the 50th minute. Messi hit a corner into the area and Garay’s effort wasn’t able to control it. But Rojo wass there just behind him and he knocked the ball into the net with his knee.
The match remained quite exciting until the end of 90 minutes, as Argentina kept on attacking, only to see the Nigerian goalkeeper Enyeama deny them many chances of scoring, especially Angel Di Maria.
Argentina managed to hold on to the lead and gain 3 points, which saw them finish at the top of Group F with 9 points. Both Argentina and Nigeria have qualified for the knock out round.
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