Argentina have squeezed through to the knockout phases of the World Cup after Marcos Rojo's brilliant late volley goal

anchored a victory over Nigeria that took them over their opponents and into second place in Group D. They will confront France in the keep going 16 on Saturday.

Jorge Sampaoli's side appeared to take off after Victor Moses' penalty offset Lionel Messi's splendid first-half goal; however, Rojo's natural 86th-minute exertion following Gabriel Mercado's cross smashed Nigeria's expectations.

Messi and Argentina had begun substantially more promisingly here than in their past two matches, yet Jorge Sampaoli's group were not able to keep up their energy after the break as Nigeria moved forward.

The Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero paid the cost for his mistake in the thrashing by Croatia and was replaced by the uncapped River Plate attendant Franco Armani. Gonzalo Higuaín was chosen over Sergio Agüero in an attack, while Marcos Rojo, Ángel Di María, and Éver Banega were likewise gotten to an Argentinian side confronting disposal in the wake of gathering just a single point from their first two recreations.

Argentina proceeded inside 14 minutes affability of Messi's first goal in Russia. Banega spotted him with a spectacular disregard the best and the Barcelona forward deftly controlled the ball with his thigh, took another touch and after that let go into the far corner with his right foot.

Messi was substantially more required here than he had been in the past two matches and hit a post later in half with a free-kick then that the goalkeeper Francis Uzoho got a slight touch on.

As it remained at half-time, with Argentina 1-0 ahead and Croatia and Iceland goalless, the two-time victors were making a beeline for the last 16. Be that as it may, the tables were turned after Nigeria was granted a penalty inside five minutes of the restart when Javier Mascherano was judged to have pulled back Leon Balogun following an unnecessarily surrendered corner.

Argentina debated the honor as the VAR surveyed and afterward affirmed the choice, yet Victor Moses coolly sent Armani the wrong method to bring the scores level and set Nigeria back in the crate situate for capability.

An encouraged Nigeria at that point had opportunities to lead the pack as Argentina pushed forward yet they were gotten out, in the end, arranges by Rojo.