Argentina advance from the World Cup group stages following late drama 4 years ago

Argentina advance from the World Cup group stages following late drama

Sheer joy for Argentina, heartbreak for Nigeria.

Argentina have gone through to the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup, following a 2-1 victory against Nigeria.


Lionel Messi produced a moment of magic early in the first half, scoring a wonderful goal with his weaker foot, following a beautiful pass from Éver Banega.

This goal made the Barcelona forward the first footballer to score a World Cup goal in their teens, their 20s and their 30s.

The South American side went in 1-0 up at half-time, but Nigeria came out flying in the second half, and were awarded a penalty in the 50th minute.

Chelsea winger Victor Moses stepped up to the plate and calmly slotted it home.


Nigeria may have had another penalty soon after, but the ever-controversial VAR decided that it wasn't to be.

Marcos Rojo was the unlikely hero who popped up in the box with five minutes to go and smashed home a beautiful volley. The Manchester United defender scored his third ever goal for Argentina, and picked a fairly brilliant time to do it.

Croaita defeated Iceland 2-1 in the other game from Group D, meaning Croatia topped the group on a very impressive nine points.

These results mean that Denmark will face Croatia, and Argentina will play against France in the round of 16. Mouth-watering stuff.


We can't wait.