Saint Petersburg: Marcos Rojo scored the winner for Argentina as they qualified for the Round of 16.Marcos Rojo scored a stunning late goal against Nigeria to rescue Argentina’s World Cup hopes on Tuesday, progressing from Group D alongside Croatia to set up a last-16 match against France. Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the tournament in the first half but Victor Moses equalised shortly after half-time to put the South Americans on the brink of an exit before Rojo’s late strike. In the other match, Croatia beat Iceland 2-1 to top the group with nine points.
Argentina centre-back Marcos Rojo popped up in the unlikeliest of positions to volley home an 86th-minute winner against Nigeria and send his side into the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.
Lionel Messi had rifled Argentina into a first half lead when he took Ever Banega’s pass into his path and finished coolly, but Nigeria levelled when Javier Mascherano was penalised for grappling with Leon Balogun in the box. Victor Moses equalised from the penalty spot.
With the game level at 1-1 with five minutes of normal time remaining the African side were heading through as Group D’s second-placed side, but Manchester United defender Rojo had different ideas.
He waltzed into the penalty area to meet Gabriel Mercado’s cross and volley an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner.