Argentina stepped up their game in the final group fixture against the Super Eagles of Nigeria to book a place in the round of 16 courtesy of a 2-1 win.
Lionel Messi once again weaved his magic by putting the South Americans in the driving seat in the 14th minute of the game. After the break, the former African Champions leveled the game from the spot thanks to Victor Moses. The Argentines looked like they were on the way out of the competition until Man United’s defender Marcos Rojo secured the winning goal in the 88th minute of the game to send the Argentine fans to frenzy.
The game was reminiscent of the last World Cup fixture when both sides met, Messi and Marcos Rojo were also on the scorer’s sheet, and the United defender rescued all the three points four years ago that day.
In the other group game, Croatia maintained their 100% record in the competition by beating Iceland by the same scoreline. Goals from Milan Badelj and Ivan Perisic canceled out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s effort from the spot to ensure they emerged group winners.
Argentina’s late winner meant they would be playing France in the round of 16, while there will be an all European affair when Croatia trade tackles with Denmark in the other fixture.