Nigeria vs. Argentina: Goals, Highlights from Group F Match

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJune 25, 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 25: Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Argentina finished off their perfect group effort with a 3-2 victory over Nigeria behind two goals from Lionel Messi. 

In spite of the loss, Nigeria still advance to the knockout stages of the competition as a result of Bosnia-Herzegovina's victory over Iran.  

Messi (of course) scored in the third minute, pouncing on a rebound after Angel Di Maria was denied:

At first #ARG was like https://t.co/PvK7Bp8Y7o

— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 25, 2014

Nigeria fought back just a minute later, as Ahmed Musa charged up the pitch and put in a curled finish to get things level:

But then #NGA was all like https://t.co/AmjWK6qj9E

— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 25, 2014

Messi got his brace in first-half injury time with an absolutely brilliant free-kick that completely froze Vincent Enyeama.

Great Messi free kick makes it 2-1... But could the keeper have made an effort https://t.co/d4XSfhin2d #ARGvsNGR

— Balls.co.uk (@balls_uk) June 25, 2014

Minutes prior, he nearly scored on a free-kick but was denied. 

Messi's freekick http://t.co/MRUnJgXABz 45+ metres. Just miss. Credits to GK. What a Save..

— #Messi27 AKV (@akv_10) June 25, 2014

Musa, in doing his best Messi impression, again negated the goal from the diminutive Argentine, grabbing his second with a clinical finish in the 48th minute. 

Le doublé pour Musa ! #NGA #ARG https://t.co/sm1rDgLhNS

— L'Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) June 25, 2014

Marcos Rojo kept the flood of goals coming, kneeing home off of a corner kick in the 50th minute to put Argentina back in front. 

Just what #ARG KNEEded http://t.co/NBQktT4CQJ

— Unibet (@unibet) June 25, 2014