Saturday, May 30, 2020
News

FIFA WC: Lionel Messi fans ecstatic as Argentina enters round of 16

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Moscow [Russia] | June 27, 2018 6:41:29 AM IST
Fans of star footballer Lionel Messi across the globe breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday after a late goal from Marcos Rojo gave Argentina a 2-1 triumph over Nigeria in their final Group D match taking the two-time champions into the round of 16 of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria were heading through to the last 16 at Argentina''s expense with four minutes left in the game, but Rojo''s sensational low volley saved Jorge Sampaoli''s men and got them through to the knockout stages.

On the brink of elimination after playing a 1-1 draw against Iceland and a humiliating 0-3 defeat to Croatia in their second match, Argentina started their final group stage encounter Nigeria with one point in their bag.

Following a nervy start, Argentina took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, thanks to Messi''s stunning shot, which was also the 100th goal of the tournament on whole.

However, Victor Moses'' penalty soon gave an equaliser to Nigeria in the 51st minute.

Nigeria were awarded a penalty after veteran Argentine midfielder Mascherano was penalised for holding Balogun inside the box while defending a corner.

As the game was moving towards 1-1 draw, both sides tried and tested every possible move to take a lead in the second half.

While both sides failed on numerous close attempts, Rojo became the unlikely hero for Argentina.

Mercado raided down the right and bent a brilliant cross into the penalty area, allowing Rojo to time his run perfectly to tuck home a low right-footed volley.

That possibly was a memorable moment not just on the field, but across the globe.

Post this win, Argentina will now face France next in the round of 16. (ANI)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE SPORTS NEWS
I told Dravid he was not out after ODI i...
Italian football season to resume with C...
Vishwanathan Anand to land in India toda...
IOC approves revised weightlifting quali...
West Indies ready to play Test series ag...
Federer edges out Ronaldo in Forbes' lis...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Locust operations conducted in 15 locati...
'PM has hands on nuclear button, yet can...
Maha govt to announce COVID-19 package s...
Covid cash aid to K'taka taxi drivers in...
TikTok app needs to be regulated: Orissa...
Need to scale down domestic flights to c...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
One year of NDA 2.0: PM Modi recoll... 
Yes Bank acquires 24.19 pc stake in... 
Study focuses on assessing cancer d... 
Shortage of labour, lack of demands... 
Swarms of locusts reach Rajasthan's... 
Delhi breathes clean air as overall... 
COVID lockdown: First commercial fl... 
UN chief stresses women's role in p...