Rojo Returns to Haunt Nigeria as Argentina Progress
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A late Marcos Rojo goal sent Argentina into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia knockout stages in dramatic style.
Needing a win to have any chance of progression, the defender volleyed La Albiceleste 2-1 in front in the 86th minute to break Nigerian hearts.
Victor Moses's second-half penalty looked to be enough to earn Nigeria a crucial point, cancelling out a stunning Lionel Messi opener.
A raucous and partisan crowd roared on the South Americans, with Messi's superb thigh control and finish providing a huge emotional release after a frustrating tournament, FIFA.com.
Denied a second when Francis Uzoho tipped his free-kick onto the post, Argentina looked to be drifting out of the competition, only for Rojo to score the winner against the Super Eagles for the second finals running. In turn he inflicted Nigeria's fifth World Cup defeat from five meetings with Argentina, all by a solitary goal.