There was another intense drama in St Petersburg and Argentina survived a scare to end as 2-1 winners against Nigeria in their final Group D game in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.
Argentina, who needed a victory to ensure likely qualification, were almost heading out before Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo scored a brilliant late volley in the 86th minute. The South American giants progressed to the round of 16 and will be up against France next.
The man of the moment was Lionel Messi, who scored a superb first half goal after showing his talent and composure. His control of the ball after Ever Banega found him with a peach of a pass, was emphatic. And the goal was even more sublime.
The Barcelona star had been in immense pressure prior to the game, but he once again showed why he is one of the best ever as he scored his first of the campaign. Speaking after the game, Messi stated that the players were confident and it was a well deserved joy.
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“We were confident that we would win this game. It’s wonderful to have won it this way. It is a well-deserved joy,” said Messi.
He then went on to add that the shirt of national team is above all.
“I knew that God is with us and he was not going to leave us out. I thank all the people who are here, for all their sacrifice, and all those who are in Argentina who were always with us. The shirt of the National Team is above all.”
Meanwhile, Messi (2006, 2014 and 2018) also became the third Argentina player to have scored in three different World Cups after Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta.