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World Cup • Group D
  • 2nd Half
  • Nigeria
  • Argentina
  • Messi
    90'
  • MusaSimy
    90'
  • Mikel
    90'
  • OmeruoIwobi
    90'
  • Rojo
    86'
  • TagliaficoAgüero
    80'
  • Di MaríaMeza
    72'
  • Banega
    64'
  • PérezPavón
    61'
  • Moses (P)
    51'
  • Mascherano
    49'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Nigeria
  • Argentina
  • IheanachoIghalo
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Nigeria
  • Argentina
  • Balogun
    32'
  • Messi
    14'
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And there is the full-time whistle. Just wow.

Argentina have somehow scraped into the last 16, where they will face France.

Two sublime goals either side of a Nigeria penalty. Pure drama.

90+3' 

Iceland have lost. They are definitely out... Argentina a minute away from the last 16.

90+3' 

Messi wins a free-kick for Argentina and they will just look to kill the clock....

  • Simy
    OffAhmed MusaNigeriaSub
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    OnSimyNigeria
90+2' 

Sub

  • John Obi Mikel
    Yellow cardJohn Obi MikelNigeriaAnd Mikel talks his name into the book. Argentina three minutes away from the last 16...
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90+1' 

And Mikel talks his name into the book. Argentina three minutes away from the last 16...

  • Alex Iwobi
    OffKenneth OmeruoNigeriaIwobi on for Nigeria. Could it be too late? FOUR minutes added on.
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90' 

Iwobi on for Nigeria. Could it be too late?

FOUR minutes added on.

89' 

Croatia have scored!! They now lead Iceland 2-1, and surely it's only a Nigeria equaliser which will send Argentina out...

88' 

Drama. Drama drama drama. Argentines are crying happy tears in the stadium, but it's not over yet...

  • Marcos Rojo
    GoalMarcos RojoArgentinaROJO SCORES FOR ARGENTINA!! What an unlikely hero for Argentina, but what a finish from the defender!! His first-time volley with the inside of the right foot nestles into the far corner. As it stands, Argentina are through, but a goal for Iceland or Nigeria would change that...
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86' 

ROJO SCORES FOR ARGENTINA!!

What an unlikely hero for Argentina, but what a finish from the defender!! His first-time volley with the inside of the right foot nestles into the far corner.

As it stands, Argentina are through, but a goal for Iceland or Nigeria would change that...

86' 

Meza goes down in the box and Argentian are screaming for a penalty. Mascherano is barking in the referee's ear, but no word of VAR taking a look at that.

85' 

SIDE NETTING! So close from Etebo, but his free-kick rustles the side netting. Fair few thought that was in, too.

84' 

CHANCE! Ighalo finds himself one on one with Armani, who stands tall to deny the forward. Nigeria now have a free-kick some 25 yards out.

83' 

Nigeria just taking their time when they can with free-kicks and goal-kicks. Huge 10 minutes to go.

81' 

OVER! What a chance for Higuain. He meets the cross 12 yards out but fires a wild attempt over. Poor connection.

  • Sergio Agüero
    OffNicolás TagliaficoArgentinaHere comes Aguero...
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    OnSergio AgüeroArgentina
80' 

Here comes Aguero...

79' 

Both Iceland and Argentina are a goal away from qualifying, but as it stands they're both going out. Pure drama.

77' 

The referee heads to the sideline, but after checking the replay, he sticks to his original decision and gives Argentina the goal-kick.

Rojo headed the ball onto his arm, and it would have been harsh, BUT, it was very similar to yesterday's incident.

76' 

WIDE! Oh Ighalo!! Rojo's header flies into the night sky, and it falls down kindly for Ighalo, who can only volley wide.

Nigeria want a penalty, replays show the ball hitting Rojo's arm and it's going to official review....

75' 

Over in Rostov, Iceland have levelled from the spot.

Nigeria currently joining Croatia in the last 16, with Argentina bottom as it stands...

  • Maximiliano Meza
    OffÁngel Di MaríaArgentinaMessi's cross is chested down for Uzoho, but it's out for an Argentina corner... which comes to nothing. Meza, who has just come on, takes an awful touch to see the ball go out for a goal-kick.
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73' 

Messi's cross is chested down for Uzoho, but it's out for an Argentina corner... which comes to nothing.

Meza, who has just come on, takes an awful touch to see the ball go out for a goal-kick.

71' 

OVER! Great play from Musa out wide, who rolls it along the area, with Ighalo dummying it before Ndidi fires over. Decent build-up, shame about the finish.

69' 

Messi gifts the ball to Musa and Nigeria go on the counter, but Mercado mops up with Musa running out of energy. More than 20 minutes to go and a fair few players look spent. Mistakes and chances surely await.

67' 

Down to the final quarter...

Nigeria's forward Victor Moses (C) celebrates scoring a penalty to equalise during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018
  • Éver Banega
    Yellow cardÉver BanegaArgentinaTough tackle from Banega, and it's enough to get his name in the book.
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65' 

Tough tackle from Banega, and it's enough to get his name in the book.

64' 

Pavon has looked lively since coming on, but he's denied a free-kick on the edge of the area. Punished for not going down there, which tells you why players do go down.

62' 

Quite the introduction from Pavon, who uses his fresh legs to burst down the left wing, but his cross for Di Maria is turned over for a corner, which comes to nothing for Argentina.

  • Cristian Pavón
    OffEnzo PérezArgentinaFirst sub of the evening for Argentina...
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    OnCristian PavónArgentina
SUB 

First sub of the evening for Argentina...

59' 

This is getting frantic, nervy, tight.

Musa dances past Mascherano before seeing his cross blocked. Impossible to call now.

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57' 

Messi's cross is headed away by Etebo. But Argentina come forward again, this time it's Banega's cross which is cleared.

56' 

Accidental handball from Moses but now Argentina have a free-kick - chance to cross it in...

54' 

Gutsy tackle from Banega in his own box, and Nigeria have a corner... Etebo's cross is cleared, however.

52' 

Croatia have scored against Iceland. It's all going off.

As it stands, Nigeria are through.

  • Victor Moses
    Goal by penaltyVictor MosesNigeriaMoses levels from the spot! He rolls it into the back of the net, with Armani going the other way. Game. On.
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51' 

Moses levels from the spot! He rolls it into the back of the net, with Armani going the other way.

Game. On.

  • Javier Mascherano
    Yellow cardJavier MascheranoArgentinaVAR take a quick look, but it remains a penalty... Moses to take, but only after it all calms down on the edge of the area.
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50' 

VAR take a quick look, but it remains a penalty... Moses to take, but only after it all calms down on the edge of the area.

49' 

Penalty to Nigeria!!

Mascherano is penalised, and booked, for pulling down Balogun in the box...

  • Odion Ighalo
    OffKelechi IheanachoNigeriaIghalo has come on for Iheanacho, who has perhaps feeling the effects of that late challenge from Rojo.
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47' 

Ighalo has come on for Iheanacho, who has perhaps feeling the effects of that late challenge from Rojo.

  • 2nd Half
46' 

And we are under way, which means we're 45 minutes away from discovering the fate of our four Group D nations. It's Argentina who are currently second behind Croatia. Will that still be the case in an hour?

  • End of 1st Half
HT 

And there's the half-time whistle. That man Messi has given Argentina the lead, and as it stands, they are into the last 16. Plenty can change, especially with Iceland knocking on the door over in Rostov.

Messi - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D - Nigeria-Argentina - Getty Images
45+2' 

Musa looks to roll past Mercado and ends up winning the free-kick for Nigeria. Chance to cross it in...

Otamendi gets his head to it, however.

45' 

Iheanacho is down holding his head after Rojo's leg catches his face. He takes a while to get to his feet as TWO minutes of added time is signalled.

43' 

Eek. Etebo brings the ball down some 25 yards out, but his stabbed attempt rolls wider, and wider, and then out for a throw-in.

41' 

Over in Rostov, Iceland come within a whisker of scoring.

A win for Argentina will only do so long as it's greater than Iceland's over Croatia - though it's currently 0-0 between those two.

39' 

Patient build-up play from Argentina as Messi plays a number of one-twos before rolling it over for Di Maria, who sees his attempt blocked.

37' 

Looks more than four years older...

35' 

It's actually a brilliant save from Uzoho, with replays showing the Nigeria goalkeeper get a vital touch onto the free-kick.

34' 

Some 20 yards out... Messi will fancy this... Banega standing over it too...

OFF THE POST! Messi's effort curls away from Uzoho but hits the far post... So close.

  • Leon Balogun
    Yellow cardLeon BalogunNigeriaFree-kick on the edge of the area for Argentina, as Troost-Ekong brings down Di Maria, who was bearing down on goal... Last man? Perhaps not, it's a booking - an orange card if ever there was one.
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32' 

Free-kick on the edge of the area for Argentina, as Troost-Ekong brings down Di Maria, who was bearing down on goal... Last man? Perhaps not, it's a booking - an orange card if ever there was one.

30' 

Uzoho is okay to continue. The 19-year-old has just kept his side in the game with that stop, even if there is an hour to go it's hard to see Nigeria getting too many on the board.

28' 

SAVE! Quality stop from Uzoho, who rushes out to deny Higuain following Messi's through ball.

The Nigeria keeper stays down after Higuain clattered into him. Didn't look great on the replays, but appeared to be accidental.

25' 

That was also goal No 100 of the tournament. Fitting, you could say, if that even makes sense.

23' 

So how have Nigeria responded? They've been sluggish since going a goal down, in truth. Perhaps shell shocked after the goal from seemingly nothing.

A quarter of the way through the match, and Banega is putting an absolute shift in.

22' 

Diego enjoyed that one...

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Lionel Messi (Argentinien) im WM-Spiel gegen Nigeria
20' 

Yes, the touches were that good. If Argentina go on to qualify, they'll be remembered for some time...

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17' 

A welcome sound for Argentina, as Messi! rings around the stadium. They'll look to pounce while they can.

  • Lionel Messi
    GoalLionel MessiArgentinaGoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!  And it's Messi who scores! What a moment for the little genius. With the weight of a nation on his shoulders, he takes two incredible touches from Banega's quality through ball, firstly with his thigh, the second with his left foot, before tucking it away with his right foot. Finally, a first goal of the 2018 World Cup for Messi.
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14' 

Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

And it's Messi who scores!

What a moment for the little genius. With the weight of a nation on his shoulders, he takes two incredible touches from Banega's quality through ball, firstly with his thigh, the second with his left foot, before tucking it away with his right foot.

Finally, a first goal of the 2018 World Cup for Messi.

14' 

Mascherano is sloppy in possession and gifts Iheanacho the ball, but he rallies to chase down the forward and win the ball back. Fair play. Well, until his next pass goes astray!

12' 
10' 

Shot to nothing from Musa 25 yards out. He's off balance though and it won't trouble Armani, who is making his debut in the Argentina goal.

Noise levels ramp up as Messi dances into the area, but his cross is blocked and Nigeria clear.

8' 

WIDE! Nice pass from Banega, who finds Tagliafico on the edge of the area, but he darts past a challenge before sending an attempt narrowly wide.

7' 

Frantic pace. Musa sees a shot smothered one end before Argentina counter and Messi is brought down. They play the free-kick short though, and nothing comes of it.

5' 

A tidy sprint and slide helps Di Maria keep the ball out of touch, but he's flagged for offside. Nice attempt to break the line though.

4' 

Now it's Argentina who are just starting to control possession. Always likely to go that way, but it will only add the pressure on them to make something happen.

2' 

Lively enough start but both sides just struggling to keep the ball for a decent amount of time. Atmosphere sounds cracking.

  • 1st Half
1' 

And we are under way. What a game we have in prospect...

18.58 

I had to endure France v Denmark earlier. I already know this will be better.

Why? One, because it can't get any worse than that match, but two, it just will be better.

Incredible, incredible noise made by the Argentina fans in St Petersburg. Just wow.

18.56 

The teams are out. Time to belt out the anthems.

18.55 
18.53 

So we meet again...

Nigeria face Argentina in a World Cup group game for the fourth time in a row, having played them in 2002, 2010 and 2014. Argentina won all three encounters!

18.51 

Maradona is doing a pretty good job of deflecting the attention away from the Argentina team, but the players will be walking out in a couple of minutes, and it will be allll down to them. Cannot forget Nigeria are in the same boat, which is what will hopefully make it a great spectacle.

18.49 

Enjoying himself once more...

18.44 

From one legend to another...

18.38 

Mascherano would not entertain the fact this could be his last international game if Argentina crash out...

"I’ve not thought about that," he told FIFA.com. "I’d rather think about what we can achieve and try to do my best so that things turn out well. After that, fate will decide how our story ends."

18.35 

We’ll also have the calculators out all evening to work out what’s what…

18.28 

Fact.

18.23 

It's all eyes on Messi tonight. All will be forgotten if they can somehow sneak out the group. The fact Croatia have made nine changes for their match against Iceland will do little to please Argentina, but they can take control so long as the goals keep coming. But will they?

Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected after Croatia's Ante Rebic scores t
18.18 

Not just a nice kit...

18.13 

FIVE changes for Argentina, with Aguero one of the casualties.

Cabellero, Salvio, Acuna and Meza are also come out, with Armani, Rojo, Banega, Di Maria and Higuain all starting.

Nigeria, meanwhile, are unchanged.

18.07 

Here they are! Group D permutations…

Croatia have already qualified. Nigeria are in pole position to join them, and will do so with a win over Argentina, while a draw is also good enough if Iceland lose or draw against Croatia. Argentina are through if they beat Nigeria and Croatia beat Iceland. If Argentina and Iceland both win tonight, it goes down to goal difference.

18.07

NIGERIA TEAM NEWS

Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Idowu, Ndidi, Ekong, Balogun, Musa, Etebo, Mikel, Moses, Iheanacho, Omeruo

18.06

ARGENTINA TEAM NEWS

Argentina XI: Armani, Mercado, Rojo, Otamendi, Tagliafico, Mascherano, Banega, Perez, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain

18.05 

Evening one and all! Cannot wait for this one. Bottom-of-the-table Argentina up against Nigeria, with both able to join Croatia in qualifying from Group D, with Iceland also able to do likewise.

Promises so be some night… Time to work out the permutations!