Watch video of Marcos Rojo goal against Nigeria that put Argentina in the Round of 16. Once again, Argentina claimed a 2-1 win to secure a place in the next round. After the victory, the South Americans finished their group as Runners-up and they’ll now face France in the next round. Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo Rescue Argentina from Humiliating early exit from the competition.
Video: Watch Marcos Rojo Goal Against Nigeria
Marcos Rojo also revealed what Messi told to his team-mates at half-time
Messi said that all of us have the duty to score so whenever we get the chance, we shoot, no matter our position. So when I saw that ball coming towards me, I kicked it in with all that I had in me and [laughs] it went in!
Lionel Messi scored the opening goal of the game that was 100th goal of the tournament. With first win in the competition, Argentina have qualified for the Round of 16 where they’ll face France on Saturday.
In front of a massive following of passionate and loud Argentine fans, the game began in ideal fashion for Jorge Sampaoli’s side, who had managed just a point from their opening two games.
The selection of Banega proved to be an inspired one by Sampaoli with the Sevilla midfielder providing the quality service that had been lacking in their opening two games.
According to final standings of Group D, Croatia finished at top spot with all 9 points, conceded just one goal throughout the group stages. With a win, a draw, and a defeat, Argentina finished at the second followed by Nigeria and Iceland at the 3rd and 4th spot respectively.