Argentinians are ecstatic and they are back in the driving seat. This was the oldest starting side in the country's hugely successful World Cup history - with an average age of 30 years and 189 days - but it is a far from settled one. Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Nigeria 1-2 Argentina Marcos Rojo scored a fine late volley to send Argentina through to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup with a dramatic victory over Nigeria in St Petersburg. The correct decision in the end from the referee, it would have been very harsh. Argentina have created a lot more chances but none of them were converted. In case Nigeria lost that match they will be dropped down to last position in the group and their chances of elimination from this tournament will be increased. Nigeria will be looking up to Mikel and Musa - both players with Premier League experience to deliver for them and guide them through to the Round of 16! In the other game, Croatia are dominating Iceland.
As it stands, Argentina will join Croatia in the round of 16. A Viacom spokesperson declined to comment. The Barcelona striker, whose hint of a smile during the pre-match anthems was a stark contrast to his pained expression prior to the 3-0 defeat by Croatia, produced a superb first-half performance. He won all of four of his attempted tackles, and recovered the ball more than any other Argentina player. So I am proud of my players because they played well in the second half.
What a start from Pavon! Catch all the action from the match between Argentina and Nigeria through our live blog. This World Cup has been a brilliant festival of football but it was lacking one thing. Al nacer fui el ser humano más joven del universo. The bench exploded onto the pitch, the players slumped in God-like prayer, including their little God Messi, who actually stood motionless in this maelstrom deep in his own thoughts and communications. Close, close chance as Argentina would've doubled their lead. He gets away with it this time. Jorge Sampaoli continues to try out new players in his squad and is expected to give at least an hour to young Boca Juniors star Cristian Pavon, who helped create the winning goal against the Russians.
That clock was so close to ticking down but on an increasingly feverish and desperate night in St Petersburg, a night when the city and the stadium was turned into a fervent sea of blue and white clad, chanting Argentinians they saved themselves and will go forward from Group D, runners-up to Croatia, to face France, after collecting just four points from three unconvincing performances. Etebo curls the ball in only to find the side of the net. It was headed down onto the arm and the referee has trotted to the touchline to assess the incident. A cruel blow for Nigeria. Argentina aren't going to get back into things with the way they're playing and oh my god they're completely in! The reason being the possibility of Argentina getting out of the World Cup and that includes the denial of not watching Lionel Messi in the rest of the tournament makes it very important to consider in last games. His passing is off, he's being out-muscled and out-thought in midfield and I think we just have seen the best of him a while ago. The shirt of the national team is above all.
There were 86 minutes on the clock. He's a leader, wants the team to do well. They have most potential players in the squad which is led by Lionel Messi. Argentina snatched victory in 4 matches lost only 2 games. In the other match -- Iceland vs Croatia -- the pre-match rituals are taking place.
The roof has just lifted off the stadium! Armani, Banega, Rojo, Di Maria and Higuain are the players who come into the side. But Argentina won it, meaning they'll play France in Kazan on Saturday, while Croatia will play Denmark on Sunday. Marcos Rojo scored the winner for the Lionel Messi-led team. However, it is important that there is winner between them. Nigeria probably deserve to go through but I wouldn't have thought a football fan alive wants a World Cup without any moments of Messi magic.
Ageing Argentina scrape through Media playback is not supported on this device 'Brilliant' Rojo volley sends Argentina through It is still hard to see Argentina progressing into the latter stages of this tournament without significant improvement, even if Messi goes on to put in performances for the ages. While not the most blatant example of holding, his grabbing of Leon Balogun in the box from a corner was naive and rightly penalised. Aggressive tackles are coming in from Argentina as they try to possess Nigeria. Perhaps this is the day we get some! And welcome to our liveblog for what could be Lionel Messi's last involvement in the World Cup 2018! Marcos Rojo and Lionel Messi celebrate the Man Utd defender's late winner Argentina squeezed into the World Cup last 16 after Marcos Rojo's fine late volley gave them a 2-1 win over Nigeria in St Petersburg. If there is one fault in his game, it is that.
Only the 1998 tournament has seen more 17. We have to keep going. It's not clear what he wants to do or what he really could do with the players available. Lionel Messi scored and scored a brilliant goal but, in itself, it was not enough against Nigeria who are out and will depart Russia with a sense of injustice and not least because at the identity of the man who sent them out. Who's ready for the final matches of Group D? The captain is expected to wear a special brace when he lines up in Saint Petersburg. Nigeria match If the live blog doesn't load properly,. He's battered it over the bar! Nigeria almost seal the deal here, Ogholo should have scored but he hits it wide.
Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo has been the standout for me in their World Cup games so far - even if Musa scored the goals, Moses does the attacking and Ndidi wins the ball back all of the time. Argentina look comfortable but the picture can quickly change. Ahmed Musa finally started to test out the Argentina defenders with his pace, leaving them diving into tackles, and he was joined by Odion Ighalo, who replaced the ineffective Kelechi Iheanacho at the interval. Nigeria could be made to rue these missed chances, as Ndidi fires a shot over the bar from distance. Argentina and Nigeria meet in Russia on Tuesday in an international friendly, just days after Argentina beat the Russians 1-0. There is beauty in simplicity and some delivery demand complexity, but the right words. But, anyway, here are the stats from and.