FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi Scores in Under 3 Minutes Against Nigeria in Final Group Game

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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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 25, 2014

Lionel Messi wasted no time getting Argentina in front against Nigeria, opening the scoring in just two-and-a-half minutes in their final group game.

Angel Di Maria's teasing run almost yielded the opener, but instead, his shot was squeezed away via the post.

When Messi chased the rebound, he made no mistake.

The Argentine now has three goals in three games at the tournament so far. He saved his side in stoppage time with a brilliant strike vs. Iran his last game.

Nigeria hit back swiftly, however, with Ahmed Musa equalising a minute after Messi's score with a fine shot from the left.

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

— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 25, 2014

 It created a little piece of World Cup history:

Nigeria-Argentina is the first game in #WorldCup history in which both teams scored in the first five minutes.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 25, 2014

[Vine, h/t Twitter]

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