Lionel Messi finally found the back of the net for Argentina and helped his side to a spot in the knockout stage in Russia.
Argentina advanced as runners up in Group C, downing Nigeria 2-1 with Messi and Marcos Rojo each scoring goals. After much criticism after his first two performances, Messi answered his critics with a opening goal in the 14th minute.
A great through ball by Ever Banega hit Messi in stride and the Barcelona star slotted home with his weaker right foot.
Despite a second-half equalizer from Victor Moses, Rojo’s late winner sealed a huge victory for the Argentinians. They are now set for a Round of 16 date with France on Saturday.
Messi beat out teammate Marcos Rojo, Peru’s Paolo Guerrero, and Croatia’s Milan Badelj for SBI Player of the Day honors.
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