Nigeria v Argentina, 26 June 2018

Score2-1 to Argentina
Referee Cüneyt Çakir
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Group D
VenueSaint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance64,468
Kick-off: 9.00pm local Nigeria v Argentina was Match 39 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Refereeing team: Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey) Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (Turkey) Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (Turkey) Fourth Official: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands) Reserve AR: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands) VAR: Daniele Orsato (Italy) AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (Poland) AVAR 2: Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland) AVAR 3: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy) Nigeria would have qualified for the knock-out stages, rather than Argentina, had Marcos Rojo not scored his late winner. The Albicelestes had now qualified from the group stages for the fourth consecutive World Cup finals (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018). Argentina had now won all five meetings with Nigeria in the World Cup finals and each by a single goal margin. Lionel Messi scored the 100th goal of this World Cup finals in the 100th different stadium where he has scored in his career for club and country in senior competitions. Lionel Messi became the third player to score for Argentina in three World Cup finals (2006, 2014 and 2018); also Diego Maradona (1982, 1986 and 1994) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998 and 2002). At an average of 30 years and 189 days, Argentina’s starting line-up in this game was their oldest-ever for a World Cup finals game. Argentina had now won all of their last 27 games at the World Cup finals when they were leading at half-time since a 4-2 defeat against Uruguay in the 1930 World Cup Final. They also remained unbeaten in their last 40 World Cup finals games when scoring the opening goal (won 35) since a 1-3 defeat against West Germany in 1958.

1  Nigeria

Manager: Gernot Rohr

2  Argentina

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli

Goals:

Victor Moses penalty 51 P

Goals:

Lionel Messi 14 G
Marcos Rojo 86 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho
Defender Leon Balogun
Defender Brian Idowu
Defender Kenneth Omeruo
Defender/Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi
Midfielder Peter Etebo
Midfielder John Obi Mikel (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Victor Moses
Midfielder/Forward Ahmed Musa

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Franco Armani
Defender Gabriel Mercado
Defender Marcos Rojo
Defender/Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder Éver Banega
Midfielder Angel Di María
Midfielder Enzo Pérez
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)

Substitutions:

Odion Ighalo for Kelechi Iheanacho 46
Alex Iwobi for Kenneth Omeruo 90
Simy Nwankwo for Ahmed Musa 90

Substitutions:

Cristian Pavón for Enzo Pérez 61
Maximiliano Meza for Angel Di María 72
Sergio Agüero for Nicolás Tagliafico 80

Cards:

Leon Balogun 32 Y
John Obi Mikel 90 Y

Cards:

Javier Mascherano 49 Y
Éver Banega 64 Y
Lionel Messi 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Defender Chidozie Awaziem
Defender Tyronne Ebuehi
Defender Abdullahi Shehu
Midfielder Joel Obi
Midfielder John Ogu
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder/Forward Alex Iwobi
Forward Odion Ighalo
Forward Simy Nwankwo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán
Defender Cristian Ansaldi
Defender Federico Fazio
Defender/Midfielder Marcos Acuña
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso
Midfielder Maximiliano Meza
Midfielder Eduardo Salvio
Forward Sergio Agüero
Forward Paulo Dybala
Forward Cristian Pavón