Nigeria v Argentina, 25 June 2014

Score3-2 to Argentina
RefereeNicola Rizzoli
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group F
VenueEstadio Beira-Rio
Attendance43,285
Kick-off 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Argentina and Nigeria were both in jubilant mood after booking last 16 spots. The Argentines saw them once again guided to victory by the brilliance of Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star took his goals tally to ten in his past eight appearances for Argentina. Ahmed Musa became the first Nigeria player to score twice in a World Cup finals match The result meant Argentina finished top of Group F with three wins from three games. Nigeria qualify in second with four points after Iran failed to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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The game got off to a promising start with a Messi goal and a Musa goal within the first five minutes. Argentina enjoyed the bulk of possession and pressure throughout the first half, whilst Nigeria defended well. In added time at the end of the first half, Messi scored with a sublime free-kick for Argentina to take a deserved lead. The second half began with a goal apiece and both sides played good football as it became clear that the score in the Bosnia-Iran game would mean both sides would get through to the round of 16.

2  Nigeria

Manager: Stephen Keshi

3  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

Goals:

Ahmed Musa 4 G
Ahmed Musa 47 G

Goals:

Lionel Messi 3 G
Lionel Messi 45 G
Marcos Rojo 50 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama
Defender Kenneth Omeruo
Defender Juwon Oshaniwa
Defender/Midfielder Joseph Yobo (captain)
Midfielder Michael Babatunde
Midfielder John Obi Mikel
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi
Forward Ahmed Musa

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Ezequiel Garay
Defender Marcos Rojo
Defender Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder Angel Di Maria
Midfielder Fernando Gago
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)
Forward Sergio Agüero
Forward Gonzalo Higuain

Substitutions:

Michael Uchebo for Michael Babatunde 66
Uche Nwofor for Peter Odemwingie 80

Substitutions:

Ezequiel Lavezzi for Sergio Agüero 38
Ricardo Alvarez for Lionel Messi 63
Lucas Biglia for Gonzalo Higuain 90

Cards:

Kenneth Omeruo 49 Y
Juwon Oshaniwa 51 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper Austin Ejide
Defender Godfrey Oboabona
Defender Kunle Odunlami
Midfielder Rueben Gabriel
Midfielder Ejike Uzoenyi
Forward Shola Ameobi
Forward Uche Nwofor
Forward Michael Uchebo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper Agustin Orion
Defender Jose Basanta
Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Augusto Fernández
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Forward Hugo Campagnaro
Forward Rodrigo Palacio