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Argentina escapes elimination, and affects France in 8th finals

The distressed Argentina has Tuesday yet placed for the eighth-finals at the world cup in Russia. Lionel Messi and co. took it 2-1 by Nigeria in the third and final match day in group D. Croatia, Iceland with the same score beat, is top of their group.

Argentine players celebrate their victory against the Nigerian national team. © REUTERS

In the last sixteen, Croatia next Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod on against Denmark, the second from group C. A day earlier found Argentina in Kazan, France, group C won.

After the dramatic performance against Iceland (1-1) and Croatia (0-3 defeat) has chosen national coach Jorge Sampaoli for the debutant goalkeeper Franco Armani and striker Gonzalo Higuain top, respectively, Willy Caballero and Sergio Agüero. Also Marcos Acuna, Eduardo Salvio and Maximiliano Meza verzeilden on the bench after the humiliation against Croatia. Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega and Angel Di Maria could start.

Something for the quarters opened Messi the score for the Albiceleste four years ago at the world cup in Brazil runners-up. The superstar made his first goal at this world cup. After a long pass from Ever Banega he controlled the leather perfectly, to the overhoeks in purpose to deposit. Twenty minutes later, gave the Argentinians a free kick in an interesting place. Using the fingertips of Uzoho was Messi’s effort against the post.

Five minutes late in the second half was a scare for Diego Maradona, attentive spectator in the stands. Mascherano pulled Balogun back in the penalty area and ref Cakir pointed to the spot. Victor Moses put the team credentials and stay up cold-blooded to: 1-1. Argentina had to come, but grossierde in failed actions. Nigeria was threatened with a shot distance of Ndidi (about) and a volley of Ighalo (next).

In this last phase saw the Nigerians hands of Rojo. Cakir looked at the video, but it was not on their request for a second penalty. Seven minutes for affluiten decided Ighalo from a sharp angle at Armani, followed by a free kick in the zijnet of Etebo.

And yet, Argentina still with the three points of the pacesetters. On the cross of Mercado popped Marcos Rojo with a clever volley in the 2-1 against the nets. A failed Nigeria had no comment more in the house.

In the final group D Croatia at the top with 9 on 9. Argentina is second to the eighth finals by 4 points. Nigeria has 3, Iceland 1.

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