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Nigeria through despite Messi-inspired defeat

Lionel Messi struck twice as Argentina maintained their 100 per cent record at Brazil 2014 with a 3-2 win over Nigeria, who also progress to the Round of 16.

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"The further into the tournament we go, the more we’re finding our rhythm. The structure of the side is getting much better," Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach.

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15:07

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It's been a reasonably straightforward finale to Group F, with the top two at the start of the day remaining in their spots. As a result, Nigeria reach the Round of 16 and will no doubt be following along with the action in Group E to see who their knockout opponents will be. You can do the same, join us back in our daily tournament blog, where we'll be building up to today's later games, while getting reaction to Group F's conclusion. Be sure to#joinin the global conversation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.

14:59

Standings - Group F

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
ArgentinaARG
9330063
NigeriaNGA
4311133
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBIH
3310244
IranIRN
1301214
14:58
Nigeria
NigeriaNGA
Argentina
ArgentinaARG

Statistics

Ball possession

42%
58%
17Fouls Committed6
7Attempts On Target13
12Shots18
2Total Goals scored3
0Penalties scored0
14:54
MESSI
ArgentinaARG
Forward

has been elected Man of the Match

63MINUTES PLAYED38TOTAL PASSES2GOALS FOR4SHOTS
14:53
The final whistle sounds.

FULL TIME: It's all over in Porto Alegre and Nigeria have been defeated, but it doesn't matter - they progress to the Round of 16 along with Group F winners Argentina. We had a blistering start at the Estadio Beira-Rio with two goals in the opening four minutes: Messi followed by Musa. The Barça star then scored a sublime free-kick minutes before the interval before Musa doubled his account just after the break. Rojo secured the victory shortly after and Nigeria's qualification was secured on the final whistle in Salvador, with Bosnia and Herzegovina running out 3-1 victors to eliminate Iran.

14:53
90'+ONAZI (Nigeria) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on ALVAREZ (Argentina).
14:53

ELSEWHERE IN GROUP F
It's finished Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 Iran which means Nigeria progress to the knockout stages.

14:51
90'+LAVEZZI (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on OMERUO (Nigeria).
14:49
90'+ BIGLIA (in) comes off the bench to replace HIGUAIN (out) (Argentina)
14:48
90'ENYEAMA (Nigeria) blocks the shot.

The ball is worked inside to Mascherano, who took over the captain's armband on Messi's departure, and he strikes a venomous drive at goal. Enyeama pats the ball down and collects.

Man of the Match

Forward

has been elected Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH!

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Line-ups

Nigeria
NigeriaNGA
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
(GK)
(GK)
(C)
80'
90'+1
Misses next match if booked
(C) 63'
Misses next match if booked
66'
38'
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
90'+1
80'
66'
63'
38'
Absent
CoachCoach
Stephen KESHI (NGA)Alejandro SABELLA (ARG)

Match Facts

Porto Alegre

From the subtropical climate to the cultural habits, Porto Alegre is fairly different from the other state capitals in Brazil.

Estadio Beira-Rio

  • Stadium nameEstadio Beira-Rio
  • CityPorto Alegre
  • Year constructed1969
  • Overall capacity43394

Weather

  • Cloudy
  • 20° CTemperature
  • 6 m/sWind
  • 87 %Humidity

Officials

  • Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI
    Italy
    ItalyITA
  • Assistant Referee 1: Renato FAVERANI (ITA)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Andrea STEFANI (ITA)
  • Fourth official: Svein Oddvar MOEN (NOR)

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