CULTURE Messi, Argentina come alive, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

CULTURE

Messi, Argentina come alive, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

AP

04:15, June 27, 2018

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Lionel Messi and Argentina finally came alive at the World Cup.

Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16.

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Victor Moses scored a penalty in the 51st minute for Nigeria, putting Argentina in danger of being eliminated without winning a match in Russia.

It took an unlikely goal by Rojo to save Argentina and give it second place in Group D.

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Digeo Maradona, in the stands at the St. Petersburg Stadium, celebrated both goals wildly.

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Argentina will play France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday.

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(Photot: AP)

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