Marcos Rojo tears the qualification for Argentina
World Cup: Argentina miraculously qualify for the round of 16 and will face the French team
Incredible world! A new meeting was played again in the very last moments. Totally crazy. With a goal from Rojo in the 87th minute, Argentina miraculously qualified for the knockout stage against Nigeria (2-1). She will face the French team on Saturday.
The lesson: Argentina miraculously
We came close to a real earthquake that almost shaken the football world: Argentina miraculously qualified for the knockout stage three minutes from the end of their very last encounter in the group stage. in Nigeria (2-1). A center from the right, and a perfect recovery of Rojo, central defender, who was hanging around (2-1, 87th), capsized the Argentine people. Moses, overwhelmed by the goal, could only see the damage, which had been decided a few moments earlier, tackling sumptuously in the position of the last defender a few meters from his goal (86th). Crucified, Nigeria had only her eyes to cry. Marcos Rojo tears the qualification for Argentina
However, back to the wall, and in the obligation to win, Argentina, unlike the previous two matches, finally put some good arguments in the first period. Especially in the implication and the level of the hardness in the duels. With a reward and this superb goal from Lionel Messi, his first in the competition, “caviardisé” by Banega, who finished the right (0-1, 14th). But these good dispositions were not confirmed after the rest. With a fairly fast equalizer of Nigeria, on a penalty from Moses (1-1, 51), following a mistake by a past Mascherano and next to the plate once again.
While he absolutely needed a success, Sampaoli preferred to launch Pavon on the hour of play then Meza a few moments later. Aguero was only ten minutes from the end, while Dybala remained stuck on the bench. Inadequate, it was thought, Messi failing to play the heroes while Di Maria and Higuain were invisible. The best Argentine player was called Banega, very good when it was necessary to project offensively. Until then, this flash of the 87th minute that made the many Argentine fans hysterical. The Albiceleste has therefore passed close to its first elimination in the group stage since 2002. Saturday, it will, however, play well in the knockout stages of the World Cup after an epic first round. The opponent: the France team. Kickoff at 4 pm It promises.
The winner: Rojo’s revenge
He played only nine matches in the Premier League in 2017-18, was more than annoyed by injuries, but ultimately it is him that a whole country will sing all night long: Marcos Rojo is there his revenge on the critics who, sometimes with reason, did not spare him. A 28-year-old defender, the Manchester United player scored the third goal of his international career with a nearly perfect volley in Moses’ nose and beard. Not really at ease in the opening against Iceland, he was placed on the bench by Sampaoli during the defeat against Croatia, before being again this Tuesday night. He has been rewarded. Marcos Rojo tears the qualification for Argentina
The loser: Nigeria will make nightmares
They saw themselves there, inevitably. But Nigeria will see the knockout stages on television. Gernot Rohr’s troops did not make a spectacular copy, but their match was very solid in the organization. Enough, in any case, to defeat the Argentineans in the second half. And yet, the stab of Rojo nightmare a whole country. And fans who will surely remember these two actions of the 83rd and 85th minutes. When Ighalo lost his duel against a decisive Armani on the left of his cages (83rd); then on this free-kick well brushed Etebo who came to crash in the small Argentine net (85th). Raging for Nigeria, and for an African continent that now only counts on Senegal to have one of its residents in the second round.