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2018/06/26 | 20:00| Group A| Krestovsky Stadium, | Full Time|

As it happened: Nigeria 1-2 Argentina

2018-06-26 22:00
Last Updated at 23:01
26 Jun 22:10

That is all folks, have a wonderful evening.

Thank you for choosing Sport24 to catch the epic Soccer World Cup encounter between Nigeria and Argentina


26 Jun 22:09

Heartbreak for Nigeria as they fall against Argentina courtesy of a later Marcus Rojo strike.

The Lionel Messi-lead side will face France on Saturday, June 30 at 16:00 (SA time) in the Round of 16.

26 Jun 22:06
Stats ...
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93' Messi almost breaks through with space in the distance only for Idowu to challenge him. 
26 Jun 21:53

91' Madness, Croatia scored and are leading 2-1 against Iceland.

It's all up to Nigeria can they find an equaliser?

26 Jun 21:50
90' FOUR minutes added on...
26 Jun 21:50
89' All of a sudden the noise goes up a notch at the Krestovsky Stadium.
26 Jun 21:49

Marcus Rojo with sublime strike as Argentina have their Toni Kroos moment ... 

Maradona goes wild in the stands, haha!

26 Jun 21:47
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Iceland have equalised. Croatia 1-1 Iceland

As it stands Nigeria will STILL qualify

26 Jun 21:38
77' Referee waves NO PENALTY ... Mikel is furious. He obviously feels that the handball was deliberate from Rojo
26 Jun 21:37
75' Igalho and Rojo rises for a deflected cross which hits Rojo's arm ... The referee is going to VAR ... drama
26 Jun 21:32
71' CHANCE! Musa, arguably Nigeria's best player on the field, beats a few blue jerseys before playing a pass inside to Igahlo, who puts his laces through the ball only to see his effort go inches over the cross bar ...
26 Jun 21:30
68' Short of ideas? Argentina haven't had a shot since Nigeria's goal ...
26 Jun 21:26
64' Nigeria getting a bit defensive. This could be dangerous with Ahmed the lone striker up front.
26 Jun 21:25
61' Cristian Pavon replaces Enzo Perez.
26 Jun 21:23

58' Of all players, Messi loses the ball and Musa uses his pace to get a hold of it and gets behind Mascherano with his silky skills but unable to find a green shirt in the penalty area.

26 Jun 21:21
55' Feisty affair now as tackles are flying in. Argentina fans who are the majority in the stands, increase the volume ...
26 Jun 21:19
52' PENALTY SHOUT! Argentina go up the other end and Di Maria battles it out with Moses. He collapses to the ground but the referee waves play on.
26 Jun 21:17

Meanwhile, Croatia are 1-0 up as well...

As it stands Croatia and Nigeria qualify from Group D

26 Jun 21:14
Moses, as cool as you like it, puts the ball in the back of the net!
26 Jun 21:14
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Its a penalty! And Moses stands behind it ... while Nigeria and Argentina players continue to argue with the referee! 
26 Jun 21:13
Referee is checking with the video assistant referee's as Mascherano and a flood of blue jerseys surround the whistle blower ...
26 Jun 21:12

47' PENALTY!? 

Javier Mascherano hauled down Balogun in the penalty and referee points to the spot. Wow! 

26 Jun 21:05
45' Second-half is underway ...
26 Jun 21:02
Here's what each side needs to do in Group D to qualify for the last 16! 
26 Jun 20:57
Pablo Zabaleta: "I am very pleased with the performance in this 45 minutes. We are seeing the best of Argentina's players. Ever Banega has made the difference and Messi of course."
26 Jun 20:56

Argentina, and in particular Lionel Messia and Ever Benega, have been sensational in the first 45 minutes. Nigeria should maintain a cool head and put the first-half behind them. A draw would still work in Africa's favour ... all depends on the Croatia-Iceland result, which is goalless at the moment. 

26 Jun 20:52


Nigeria 0-1 Argentina

26 Jun 20:51
45' TWO minutes of additional time added on..
26 Jun 20:51
43' Rojo with a rather strange and dangerous clearance as his boot is high and level with Iheanacho's head ... Lucky for the Manchester United defender, ref ignores the case.
26 Jun 20:46
41' Iheanacho knocks a ball forward for Musa chase and the pacey striker races past Otamendi, only for Armani sprint out and boot the ball out for safety.
26 Jun 20:44
37' Disappointing to say the least from Nigeria, no real threat in midfield as well as from the front two. Need half-time here to breath ...
26 Jun 20:42
33' CHANCE! Messi stands behind the deadball situation (is there anyone else you want in this situation?) he looks up lifts his shot delicately over the wall. His effort curls to the left-side of goal - beating Uzoho - but it hits the post and Musa clears it quickly
26 Jun 20:39
31' Messi again, splitting the Nigerian defense with a great pass towards Di Maria but Bologun brings down the Paris Saint-Germain man... FREEKICK.
26 Jun 20:37
27' The ball just continuously seem to find Messi pushes forward before laying off a stunning pass towards Higuain, who attempts to flick the ball over the 'keeper only to collide with Uzoho.
26 Jun 20:33

24' Nigeria failing to make any impact in the match as Argentina increase their intensity and momentum as Higuain charges down a Balogun clearance. 

26 Jun 20:32
22' Nigeria 0-1 Argentina