The content of the match still leaves much to be desired, but most of it was made by Argentina. Unable to win his first two games against Iceland (1-1) and Croatia (3-0 loss), the Albiceleste had only one option on Tuesday night : to win against Nigeria and hope for an Icelandic misstep to see the round of 16. This is done despite a still very pushy meeting of Lionel Messi’s teammates. The captain had put his team on the right track (13th) but Argentina had to wait the last ten minutes and a goal from Marcos Rojo to validate his ticket for the final phases ! By taking second place in Group D, The Argentines will be France’s next opponent in the 8th round, a first since 1978 in the World Cup.
Cruel to Nigeria, Iceland believed
Second at the kick-off of the third and final day of the pool, Nigeria long believed in its qualification when Victor Moses took Armani against the penalty. But, the adventure ends here for Gernot Rohr’s men with this 3rd place in Group D (3 points). The same fate for Iceland, which failed to build on the draw against Argentina in the opening round of its World Cup. The next two defeats condemned them to finish last in the pool for the country’s first participation in a World Cup.