World Cup Report: Argentina minutes away from disaster against Nigeria

Jun 26 2018, 7:09 pm

Argentina, your prayers have been answered.

The global soccer power came dangerously close to being eliminated early at the World Cup on Tuesday, needing a late goal to snatch victory and break Nigerian hearts.

Argentina moves on, Nigeria goes home

Needing a win to advance, it was panic time for Argentina with the score tied late in the match.

That’s when Marcos Rojo saved the day, scoring the goal Argentina needed for a 2-1 win in the 86th minute.

It was a heartbreaking result for Nigeria, who needed just a draw to advance.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Argentina, getting his first of the tournament in the 14th minute. With the goal, he became the first player to score at the World Cup as a teenager, in his 20s, and in his 30s.

…much to the delight of Diego Maradona.

More VAR controversy reigned in the second half, leading to the tying goal after a penalty was awarded to Nigeria.

Argentina came dangerously close to conceding another penalty, as VAR was consulted for a potential hand-ball.

More Maradona stuff:

Croatia keeps cruising

Croatia continued its great run at the World Cup, defeating Iceland 2-1 for its third-straight victory.

As the smallest country to ever qualify for a World Cup, you have to admire Iceland’s resilience. It took until the 90th minute for Croatia to score the winner – courtesy of Ivan Perisic.

Here’s how the other two goals were scored:

Tears of joy for Peru, despite going home

Having lost each of their first two matches, Peru was already eliminated from the knockout round before their final match against Australia.

You wouldn’t know it by the way Peru played, or the emotional reaction from their fans in the stands. Tears of joy flowed from Peruvian spectators, as their team beat Australia 2-0 – their first win at the FIFA World Cup since 1978.

Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero scored the goals for Peru, scoring in the 18th and 50th minutes.

The loss was a deathblow to Australia’s chances of advancing. The Aussies needed a win coupled with a Denmark loss to France in order to move on.

No goals for France, Denmark

Both France and Denmark needed only a draw to advance past the group stage, so it should come as no surprise that they finished their match in a 0-0 tie.

France had 11 attempts at goal, Denmark had just five. The draw secured first place for France, while Denmark takes second.

As the winners of Group C, France will take on Group D runner-up Argentina for a tantalizing matchup in the Round of 16. Croatia will face Denmark.

Wednesday’s games

No team in Group F is guaranteed a spot in the knockout round yet, so there could be nervous moments for Germany, Mexico, and Sweden on Tuesday. The same applies in Group E, concerning Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland. Vancouver Whitecaps FC captain Kendall Waston is expected to start for Costa Rica, in his first action of the tournament.

  • South Korea vs Germany (7 am PT /10 am ET)
  • Mexico vs Sweden (7 am PT /10 am ET)
  • Serbia vs Brazil (11 am PT /2 pm ET)
  • Switzerland vs Costa Rica (11 am PT /2 pm ET)
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