Hurray! Finally, Argentina makes it to the last 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018 after Messi and Co. beat Nigeria 2-1 in a nail-biting match on Tuesday at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia.
Rojo after the win "Messi has carried the burden of the nation for 12 years its time I carried him on my shoulders" pic.twitter.com/yGa4CDsFPA
— Last Name Curry (@Devillierism) June 26, 2018
On the other hand, skipper Lionel Messi said that he always had a belief that his team will win against Nigeria. Messi’s 14th-minute goal came at the right time while Marcos Rojo struck a superb late winner to send Argentina through to the knockout stages of the World Cup and to eliminate Nigerians and Iceland who lost 2-1 to group winners Croatia.
Rojo's goal for Argentina with Titanic music.
— YNFA (@ynfafootball) June 27, 2018
After facing a backlash last-week, Messi in the post-match ceremony said that he knew his team would pull through.
Messi said, “We were sure that we were going to win this game.”
Satisfied with the performance, the 31-year-old football superstar said, “It’s marvellous to have been able to win in this way. It’s a deserved happiness. I knew that God was with us and that he wasn’t going to let us go out.”
Meanwhile, fans were really entertained by team’s performance in the crucial match
Argentina fans had plenty to celebrate today ??? pic.twitter.com/PRF7OuHfAF
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 27, 2018
The Barcelona forward said, “I would like to thank all the people here, for all their sacrifice, and all of those in Argentina who were always with us. This shirt is above everything.”
Now, Argentina will face Group C table-toppers France in Kazan on June 30 in the first game of the second phase of the tournament.
"TO WIN THE CUP OF THE WORLD IS WHAT IMAGINOOO"
Argentina players celebrating, jumping and singing following their win against Nigeria pic.twitter.com/BlhT3SrXFy
— Barca Media(Backup) (@BarcaMediaAcc) June 27, 2018
Well, the quarter-finals may turn out to be like Christiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi. The historic moment of world cup can only arise if Portugal defeats Uruguay and Argentina crush France in the Round of 16. Let us pray for the best!
Wow! What a moment, Indeed the Argentia fans may really want to experience such moments throughout the tournament.
— World Cup 2018 (@WorldCup18Info_) June 27, 2018
Rojo and Messi stole the show as Argentina registered a historic win against Nigeria, Check out the highlights:
Meanwhile, superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Ranveer Singh came out in support of Argentina and congratulated them. Check out the tweets:
Uff this Maradona adds so much stress. Love the Nigerian team but have to have Argentina in the play offs. My Phews continue…
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 26, 2018
Oh wow !! What a goal !! Banega – great ball ! But Messi !! What a beautiful couple of touches and a decisive finish !! Gotta love the little man !! You just knew he’s gonna have a big match !!! #NGAARG ⚽️?✊?
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 26, 2018
Here are some reactions from the fans:
Funny, isn’t it?
Then Vikram Betal
Now Rojo Messi
— bhartiyelady (@indianbyheart54) June 27, 2018
Rojo helps Messi out. pic.twitter.com/aNQKBHKJbV
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 27, 2018
— 8bit-Football.com (@8bitfootball) June 26, 2018
What happened to Maradona!
Maradona unchained. pic.twitter.com/AbQR2IJa5L
— やれやれだぜ?? (@osk3ar) June 27, 2018