By Chineze Ogugua
It turned out to be a gloomy day for the Super Eagles when the clock ticked down to full time on their failure to close up Argentina’s 2-1 win in last night’s Group D encounter.
Lionel Messi, seeking his first goal at the tournament opened the scoring in the 14th minute after he took advantage of Nigeria’s sloppiness at defence to slot past Francis Uzoho.
Javier Mascherano then gave Nigeria a lifeline when he fouled Ighalo who had come on for underperforming Kelechi Iheanacho, as the referee pointed to spot for a penalty which Victor Moses converted to peg the score at 1-1.
However, six minutes after Sergio Aguero was brought on, the Super Eagles defence failed to close down a barrage of attacks from Aguero and Lionel Messi as Marcos Rojo was on ground to fire home and give the South Americans hope.
The Argentines finished second with four points and will likely face France in the round of 16.
In the second game, Croatia defeated Iceland 2-1 to finish the group stage with 9 points.
Milan Badelj opened the scoring in the 53rd minute before Sigurdsson equalized from the penalty spot twenty-three minutes later.
The debutants couldn’t hold on and where punished in the 90th minute as Ivan Perisic slotted home.
The Croatians will likely face Denmark in the round of 16.
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