Argentina qualify for the Round of 16 World Cup 2018

Argentina qualify for the Round of 16 World Cup 2018Argentina national team managed to qualify for the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup after a 2-1 victory over Nigeria at St. Petersburg, Tuesday (26/6) local time.

Argentina national team played well in the first half and dominated possession. Albiceleste then managed to score the first goal in the 14th minute through Lionel Messi.

Messi received a long pass from Ever Banega with good control and then fired a cross right foot that can not be stopped by Francis Uzuho.
Messi had a chance to double the advantage for Argentina in the 34th minute. But Messi’s free kick was just about the goalpost.

After winning one goal in the first half, Argentina got a surprise early in the second half. Javier Mascherano made a fatal mistake for drawing Leon Balogun in the penalty box when his match situation was not really dangerous for Argentina.

The decision of referee Cuneyt Cakir to give a penalty for Argentina to make the game had stopped because there are arguments between players between the two teams. The referee himself remains on his decision to award a penalty.

Victor Moses who advanced as a penalty executor was able to perform his duties well. Moses successfully outwit Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani to make the score 1-1.

After the score 1-1, Nigeria game became much better. They are able to perform faster and make the Argentine defense becomes a hassle.
In the 76th minute, Odion Ighalo got free space for a shot, but his shot was wide of the goal. After that moment, the Nigerian players asked the referee to see VAR because they thought the ball had touched his hand when Marcos Rojo made a header.

Adu argument then re-occur but the referee finally assume no violation after seeing the VAR.

In the 81st minute, Argentina got a golden opportunity to score goals. However Gonzalo Higuain could not execute well a flat cross released by Marcos Rojo.

Five minutes later, Oghenekaro Etebo’s free-kick could make the Argentine fans surprised because the ball hit the side of the goal.

In the 86th minute, Marcos Rojo finally managed to bring Argentina ahead. He was able to open volley fire welcomes bait Gabriel Mercado. The ball zoomed into the left corner of the goal.

2-1 score lasted until the end of the game. Argentina qualify for the round of 16 large.

Composition of Players

Nigeria (3-5-2)

Francis Uzoho; Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo; Victor moses, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel, Onyinye Ndidi, Brian Idowu; Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa

Argentina (4-4-2)

Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico; Enzo Perez, Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain