Nigeria through despite loss

Messi scores two as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 but both teams are through to the last-16 of the football World Cup.

    Messi started the scoring in the third minute of the game [Reuters]
    Messi started the scoring in the third minute of the game [Reuters]

    Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in another wonderful World Cup match but both teams advanced to the second round after Iran lost to Bosnia in the other Group F game.

     

    In an attacking start, Messi lashed in a rebound after three minutes but Nigeria equalised a minute later thanks to a superb finish by Ahmed Musa, only for Messi to curl in a brilliant 20-metre free kick for his fourth of the tournament in first-half stoppage time.

    Musa levelled again with a clever finish two minutes after the restart but Argentina, who were assured of qualification before kickoff, got a fortunate third eight minutes later when a corner bounced in off the knee of Marcos Rojo.

    Argentina finished on nine points from their three wins and will play the Group E runners-up - probably Ecuador, Switzerland or Honduras.

    Nigeria were second on four points and face the Group E winners, likely to be France.

    Bosnia ended with three points after beating Iran, who needed to win to have a chance of going through but completed their campaign with one point.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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