Story highlightsNigeria 1-2 Argentina Croatia 2-1 Iceland Croatia and Argentina through

(CNN)From the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit, to a sensational late win. Argentina lives on at Russia 2018.

Drawing 1-1 with Nigeria with merely minutes remaining, the Argentines were heading out of the tournament and the Super Eagles were set to progress to the last 16. But an incredible 86th-minute winner from defender Marcos Rojo earned Argentina a 2-1 victory which put Lionel Messi and co through to the knockout stages at the expense of their opponents and set up a last-16 encounter with France. It was another thrilling finale at a World Cup which has provided much drama. Marcos Rojo scores the winner for Argentina Marcos Rojo scores the winner for Argentina Marcos Rojo scores the winner for Argentina Messi was in inspired form in the opening 45 minutes and put his team ahead with a well-taken strike into the far corner, his first goal of the tournament and the 100th scored at this World Cup. Read MoreYet it seemed as if the Barcelona star would feature no more in this competition when a Victor Moses penalty leveled for the Super Eagles. Nigeria only needed a draw to reach the last 16 and Javier Mascherano looked to have assisted the Nigerians in their quest as it was his foul on Leon Balogun that led to Moses’ 51st-minute spot kick. But in the dying minutes Rojo arrowed a first-time shot into the bottom corner for the final twist in an enthralling match. READ: France, Denmark reach last 16READ: An Indian cyclist’s dream of meeting Messi Argentina star Lionel Messi rides on the back of Marcos Rojo after Rojo's winner against Nigeria on Tuesday, June 26.Argentina star Lionel Messi rides on the back of Marcos Rojo after Rojo's winner against Nigeria on Tuesday, June 26. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupArgentina star Lionel Messi rides on the back of Marcos Rojo after Rojo’s winner against Nigeria on Tuesday, June 26.Hide Caption 1 of 100Rojo controls the ball earlier in the match against Nigeria.Rojo controls the ball earlier in the match against Nigeria. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupRojo controls the ball earlier in the match against Nigeria.Hide Caption 2 of 100Argentina legend Diego Maradona was in the crowd once again, drawing attention from fans just like he did when he was a player.Argentina legend Diego Maradona was in the crowd once again, drawing attention from fans just like he did when he was a player. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupArgentina legend Diego Maradona was in the crowd once again, drawing attention from fans just like he did when he was a player.Hide Caption 3 of 100Croatia's Josip Pivaric prepares to chest the ball during the team's 1-0 win against Iceland on Tuesday. Croatia is 3-0 so far in the tournament.Croatia's Josip Pivaric prepares to chest the ball during the team's 1-0 win against Iceland on Tuesday. Croatia is 3-0 so far in the tournament. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCroatia’s Josip Pivaric prepares to chest the ball during the team’s 1-0 win against Iceland on Tuesday. Croatia is 3-0 so far in the tournament.Hide Caption 4 of 100Croatia supporters kiss ahead of the match against Iceland.Croatia supporters kiss ahead of the match against Iceland. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCroatia supporters kiss ahead of the match against Iceland.Hide Caption 5 of 100Danish players acknowledge fans after their scoreless draw with France on Tuesday. Both teams advanced to the knockout stage.Danish players acknowledge fans after their scoreless draw with France on Tuesday. Both teams advanced to the knockout stage. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupDanish players acknowledge fans after their scoreless draw with France on Tuesday. Both teams advanced to the knockout stage.Hide Caption 6 of 100Denmark's Martin Braithwaite, left, is tracked by France's N'Golo Kante, center,  and Presnel Kimpembe.Denmark's Martin Braithwaite, left, is tracked by France's N'Golo Kante, center,  and Presnel Kimpembe. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupDenmark’s Martin Braithwaite, left, is tracked by France’s N’Golo Kante, center, and Presnel Kimpembe.Hide Caption 7 of 100Australian player Mark Milligan is joined by his children after a 2-0 loss to Peru on Tuesday.Australian player Mark Milligan is joined by his children after a 2-0 loss to Peru on Tuesday. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupAustralian player Mark Milligan is joined by his children after a 2-0 loss to Peru on Tuesday.Hide Caption 8 of 100Milligan stretches to clear a cross.Milligan stretches to clear a cross. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMilligan stretches to clear a cross.Hide Caption 9 of 100Aaron Mooy tugs on the jersey of Peru's Paolo Guerrero.Aaron Mooy tugs on the jersey of Peru's Paolo Guerrero. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupAaron Mooy tugs on the jersey of Peru’s Paolo Guerrero.Hide Caption 10 of 100Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma, left, is embraced by Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Iran on Monday, June 25. Iran scored late to tie the match, but the 1-1 result was enough to see Portugal into the next round.Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma, left, is embraced by Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Iran on Monday, June 25. Iran scored late to tie the match, but the 1-1 result was enough to see Portugal into the next round. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPortugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, left, is embraced by Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Iran on Monday, June 25. Iran scored late to tie the match, but the 1-1 result was enough to see Portugal into the next round.Hide Caption 11 of 100An Iran fan enjoys the pre-match atmosphere.An Iran fan enjoys the pre-match atmosphere. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupAn Iran fan enjoys the pre-match atmosphere.Hide Caption 12 of 100Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun shields the ball from Portuguese defender Jose Fonte.Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun shields the ball from Portuguese defender Jose Fonte. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupIranian forward Sardar Azmoun shields the ball from Portuguese defender Jose Fonte.Hide Caption 13 of 100Moroccan goalkeeper Munir catches the ball against Spain.Moroccan goalkeeper Munir catches the ball against Spain. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMoroccan goalkeeper Munir catches the ball against Spain.Hide Caption 14 of 100Egyptian star Mohamed Salah reacts after Saudi Arabia's winning goal in second-half stoppage time on Monday. Egypt lost all three of its matches at this World Cup.Egyptian star Mohamed Salah reacts after Saudi Arabia's winning goal in second-half stoppage time on Monday. Egypt lost all three of its matches at this World Cup. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupEgyptian star Mohamed Salah reacts after Saudi Arabia’s winning goal in second-half stoppage time on Monday. Egypt lost all three of its matches at this World Cup.Hide Caption 15 of 100Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates with a flip after scoring the match-winning goal against Egypt.Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates with a flip after scoring the match-winning goal against Egypt. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSalem Al-Dawsari celebrates with a flip after scoring the match-winning goal against Egypt.Hide Caption 16 of 100Russia's Artem Dzyuba, in white, competes with Uruguay's Sebastian Coates during Uruguay's 3-0 victory on Monday. Uruguay won all three of its matches in the group stage. This was Russia's first loss.Russia's Artem Dzyuba, in white, competes with Uruguay's Sebastian Coates during Uruguay's 3-0 victory on Monday. Uruguay won all three of its matches in the group stage. This was Russia's first loss. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupRussia’s Artem Dzyuba, in white, competes with Uruguay’s Sebastian Coates during Uruguay’s 3-0 victory on Monday. Uruguay won all three of its matches in the group stage. This was Russia’s first loss.Hide Caption 17 of 100A Uruguay fan, right, poses with a Russia fan before the match.A Uruguay fan, right, poses with a Russia fan before the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA Uruguay fan, right, poses with a Russia fan before the match.Hide Caption 18 of 100Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, left, reacts after the second goal deflected past Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, left, reacts after the second goal deflected past Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupUruguayan forward Luis Suarez, left, reacts after the second goal deflected past Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Hide Caption 19 of 100Colombian forward Falcao celebrates after scoring against Poland on Sunday, June 24. Colombia won 3-0.Colombian forward Falcao celebrates after scoring against Poland on Sunday, June 24. Colombia won 3-0. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupColombian forward Falcao celebrates after scoring against Poland on Sunday, June 24. Colombia won 3-0.Hide Caption 20 of 100Colombian defender Yerry Mina opened the scoring with a header in the first half.Colombian defender Yerry Mina opened the scoring with a header in the first half. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupColombian defender Yerry Mina opened the scoring with a header in the first half.Hide Caption 21 of 100A Colombia fan before the Poland match.A Colombia fan before the Poland match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA Colombia fan before the Poland match.Hide Caption 22 of 100Senegalese players huddle up before the second half of their match against Japan on Sunday. The two teams tied 2-2.Senegalese players huddle up before the second half of their match against Japan on Sunday. The two teams tied 2-2. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSenegalese players huddle up before the second half of their match against Japan on Sunday. The two teams tied 2-2.Hide Caption 23 of 100A shot of the crowd at the Ekaterinburg  Arena during the Japan-Senegal match.A shot of the crowd at the Ekaterinburg  Arena during the Japan-Senegal match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA shot of the crowd at the Ekaterinburg Arena during the Japan-Senegal match.Hide Caption 24 of 100English striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring a penalty in the 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday. Kane finished with a hat trick.English striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring a penalty in the 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday. Kane finished with a hat trick. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupEnglish striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring a penalty in the 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday. Kane finished with a hat trick.Hide Caption 25 of 100Panama players gather after their defeat. Panama players gather after their defeat. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPanama players gather after their defeat. Hide Caption 26 of 100German players celebrate after Toni Kroos scored on a late free kick to stun Sweden 2-1 on Saturday, June 23.German players celebrate after Toni Kroos scored on a late free kick to stun Sweden 2-1 on Saturday, June 23. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupGerman players celebrate after Toni Kroos scored on a late free kick to stun Sweden 2-1 on Saturday, June 23.Hide Caption 27 of 100South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng, right, argues with Mexico's Edson Alvarez as Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa lies on the ground on Saturday. Mexico won 2-1 to clinch a spot in the next round.South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng, right, argues with Mexico's Edson Alvarez as Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa lies on the ground on Saturday. Mexico won 2-1 to clinch a spot in the next round. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSouth Korea’s Ki Sung-yueng, right, argues with Mexico’s Edson Alvarez as Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa lies on the ground on Saturday. Mexico won 2-1 to clinch a spot in the next round.Hide Caption 28 of 100South Korea's Lee Yong, left, duels for the ball with Mexico's Hirving Lozano.South Korea's Lee Yong, left, duels for the ball with Mexico's Hirving Lozano. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSouth Korea’s Lee Yong, left, duels for the ball with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano.Hide Caption 29 of 100A Mexico fan waits for the start of the match against South Korea.A Mexico fan waits for the start of the match against South Korea. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA Mexico fan waits for the start of the match against South Korea.Hide Caption 30 of 100Belgium's Romelu Lukaku scores against Tunisia on Saturday, June 23. He had a pair of goals in the match, which Belgium won 5-2.Belgium's Romelu Lukaku scores against Tunisia on Saturday, June 23. He had a pair of goals in the match, which Belgium won 5-2. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupBelgium’s Romelu Lukaku scores against Tunisia on Saturday, June 23. He had a pair of goals in the match, which Belgium won 5-2.Hide Caption 31 of 100Captain Eden Hazard also scored two for Belgium.Captain Eden Hazard also scored two for Belgium. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCaptain Eden Hazard also scored two for Belgium.Hide Caption 32 of 100Players watch the ball during the Belgium-Tunisia match.Players watch the ball during the Belgium-Tunisia match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPlayers watch the ball during the Belgium-Tunisia match.Hide Caption 33 of 100Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, left, challenges Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri.Belgium's Jan Vertonghen, left, challenges Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupBelgium’s Jan Vertonghen, left, challenges Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri.Hide Caption 34 of 100Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Serbia on Friday, June 22. Switzerland won 2-1.Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Serbia on Friday, June 22. Switzerland won 2-1. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSwiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Serbia on Friday, June 22. Switzerland won 2-1.Hide Caption 35 of 100Swiss players defend Serbia's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Swiss players defend Serbia's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSwiss players defend Serbia’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Hide Caption 36 of 100Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer catches the ball over Milinkovic-Savic.Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer catches the ball over Milinkovic-Savic. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSwiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer catches the ball over Milinkovic-Savic.Hide Caption 37 of 100Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo kicks the ball during the 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday.Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo kicks the ball during the 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupNigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo kicks the ball during the 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday.Hide Caption 38 of 100Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring his second goal of the match against Iceland.Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring his second goal of the match against Iceland. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupAhmed Musa celebrates after scoring his second goal of the match against Iceland.Hide Caption 39 of 100Iceland fans perform their famous viking clap.Iceland fans perform their famous viking clap. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupIceland fans perform their famous viking clap.Hide Caption 40 of 100Neymar celebrates his last-second goal that finished off Brazil's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.Neymar celebrates his last-second goal that finished off Brazil's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupNeymar celebrates his last-second goal that finished off Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.Hide Caption 41 of 100Neymar taps in his goal late in the match.Neymar taps in his goal late in the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupNeymar taps in his goal late in the match.Hide Caption 42 of 100Croatian players celebrate the second goal in their 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday, June 21. The victory clinched them a spot in the knockout stage.Croatian players celebrate the second goal in their 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday, June 21. The victory clinched them a spot in the knockout stage. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCroatian players celebrate the second goal in their 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday, June 21. The victory clinched them a spot in the knockout stage.Hide Caption 43 of 100Croatia's Luka Modric is tackled by Argentina's Nicolas Tagliafico.Croatia's Luka Modric is tackled by Argentina's Nicolas Tagliafico. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCroatia’s Luka Modric is tackled by Argentina’s Nicolas Tagliafico.Hide Caption 44 of 100Willy Caballero is dejected after his flubbed clearance gifted Croatia its first goal.Willy Caballero is dejected after his flubbed clearance gifted Croatia its first goal. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupWilly Caballero is dejected after his flubbed clearance gifted Croatia its first goal.Hide Caption 45 of 100France's Kylian Mbappe, right, celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring against Peru on Thursday. It was the only goal of the match.France's Kylian Mbappe, right, celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring against Peru on Thursday. It was the only goal of the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFrance’s Kylian Mbappe, right, celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring against Peru on Thursday. It was the only goal of the match.Hide Caption 46 of 100Peru's Andre Carrillo is challenged by French players Paul Pogba, left, and N'Golo Kante.Peru's Andre Carrillo is challenged by French players Paul Pogba, left, and N'Golo Kante. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPeru’s Andre Carrillo is challenged by French players Paul Pogba, left, and N’Golo Kante.Hide Caption 47 of 100A Peruvian supporter waits for the start of the match.A Peruvian supporter waits for the start of the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA Peruvian supporter waits for the start of the match.Hide Caption 48 of 100Australia's Robbie Kruse, foreground, and Denmark's Henrik Dalsgaard go for a header during the teams' 1-1 draw on Thursday.Australia's Robbie Kruse, foreground, and Denmark's Henrik Dalsgaard go for a header during the teams' 1-1 draw on Thursday. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupAustralia’s Robbie Kruse, foreground, and Denmark’s Henrik Dalsgaard go for a header during the teams’ 1-1 draw on Thursday.Hide Caption 49 of 100Australia's Joshua Risdon jumps over Thomas Delaney.Australia's Joshua Risdon jumps over Thomas Delaney. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupAustralia’s Joshua Risdon jumps over Thomas Delaney.Hide Caption 50 of 100Spain's Diego Costa, right, celebrates with teammate Isco after scoring against Iran on Wednesday, June 20. Spain won 1-0.Spain's Diego Costa, right, celebrates with teammate Isco after scoring against Iran on Wednesday, June 20. Spain won 1-0. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSpain’s Diego Costa, right, celebrates with teammate Isco after scoring against Iran on Wednesday, June 20. Spain won 1-0.Hide Caption 51 of 100A fan has his face painted with the colors of the Spanish flag on Wednesday.A fan has his face painted with the colors of the Spanish flag on Wednesday. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA fan has his face painted with the colors of the Spanish flag on Wednesday.Hide Caption 52 of 100Referee Andres Cunha speaks with Iranian midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi during the match.Referee Andres Cunha speaks with Iranian midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi during the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupReferee Andres Cunha speaks with Iranian midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi during the match.Hide Caption 53 of 100Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday. It was his tournament-leading fourth goal.Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday. It was his tournament-leading fourth goal. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday. It was his tournament-leading fourth goal.Hide Caption 54 of 100Uruguay fans cheer outside the stadium before the match with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.Uruguay fans cheer outside the stadium before the match with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupUruguay fans cheer outside the stadium before the match with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.Hide Caption 55 of 100Saudi Arabia's Fahad Al-Muwallad, left, challenges Uruguay's Diego Godin.Saudi Arabia's Fahad Al-Muwallad, left, challenges Uruguay's Diego Godin. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSaudi Arabia’s Fahad Al-Muwallad, left, challenges Uruguay’s Diego Godin.Hide Caption 56 of 100Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring for Uruguay in the 23rd minute on Wednesday. It was the only goal of the match, and the final result means Uruguay and Russia will both advance to the tournament's knockout stage.Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring for Uruguay in the 23rd minute on Wednesday. It was the only goal of the match, and the final result means Uruguay and Russia will both advance to the tournament's knockout stage. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupLuis Suarez celebrates after scoring for Uruguay in the 23rd minute on Wednesday. It was the only goal of the match, and the final result means Uruguay and Russia will both advance to the tournament’s knockout stage.Hide Caption 57 of 100Mohamed Salah kisses the ball before scoring a penalty for Egypt on June 19. Russia won, however, by a final score of 3-1.Mohamed Salah kisses the ball before scoring a penalty for Egypt on June 19. Russia won, however, by a final score of 3-1. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMohamed Salah kisses the ball before scoring a penalty for Egypt on June 19. Russia won, however, by a final score of 3-1.Hide Caption 58 of 100Egypt's Tarek Hamed, left, and Russia's Aleksandr Golovin compete for the ball.Egypt's Tarek Hamed, left, and Russia's Aleksandr Golovin compete for the ball. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupEgypt’s Tarek Hamed, left, and Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin compete for the ball.Hide Caption 59 of 100Russia's first goal came when the ball deflected off Egypt's Ahmed Fathi.Russia's first goal came when the ball deflected off Egypt's Ahmed Fathi. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupRussia’s first goal came when the ball deflected off Egypt’s Ahmed Fathi.Hide Caption 60 of 100Members of the Senegal team celebrate after defeating Poland 2-1 in their match on June 19.Members of the Senegal team celebrate after defeating Poland 2-1 in their match on June 19. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMembers of the Senegal team celebrate after defeating Poland 2-1 in their match on June 19.Hide Caption 61 of 100Japanese defender Gen Shoji climbs over Colombia's Radamel Falcao to win a header in their World Cup opener on June 19. Japan won the match 2-1.Japanese defender Gen Shoji climbs over Colombia's Radamel Falcao to win a header in their World Cup opener on June 19. Japan won the match 2-1. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupJapanese defender Gen Shoji climbs over Colombia’s Radamel Falcao to win a header in their World Cup opener on June 19. Japan won the match 2-1.Hide Caption 62 of 100The referee shows a red card to Colombia's Carlos Sanchez in the third minute. Sanchez was deemed to have deliberately handled the ball in the box.The referee shows a red card to Colombia's Carlos Sanchez in the third minute. Sanchez was deemed to have deliberately handled the ball in the box. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupThe referee shows a red card to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez in the third minute. Sanchez was deemed to have deliberately handled the ball in the box.Hide Caption 63 of 100English players celebrate Harry Kane's first goal in the 2-1 win over Tunisia on June 18. Kane later added the winner in second-half stoppage time.English players celebrate Harry Kane's first goal in the 2-1 win over Tunisia on June 18. Kane later added the winner in second-half stoppage time. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupEnglish players celebrate Harry Kane’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Tunisia on June 18. Kane later added the winner in second-half stoppage time.Hide Caption 64 of 100A Tunisia fan shows his dejection after the final whistle.A Tunisia fan shows his dejection after the final whistle. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA Tunisia fan shows his dejection after the final whistle.Hide Caption 65 of 100Belgium's Dries Mertens, right, competes for the ball with Panama's Jose Luis Rodriguez during their World Cup opener on June 18. Mertens scored a goal in Belgium's 3-0 victory.Belgium's Dries Mertens, right, competes for the ball with Panama's Jose Luis Rodriguez during their World Cup opener on June 18. Mertens scored a goal in Belgium's 3-0 victory. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupBelgium’s Dries Mertens, right, competes for the ball with Panama’s Jose Luis Rodriguez during their World Cup opener on June 18. Mertens scored a goal in Belgium’s 3-0 victory.Hide Caption 66 of 100Panamanian forward Gabriel Torres controls the ball during the match against Belgium.Panamanian forward Gabriel Torres controls the ball during the match against Belgium. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPanamanian forward Gabriel Torres controls the ball during the match against Belgium.Hide Caption 67 of 100Sweden's Pontus Jansson, top left, and South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng try to head the ball during Sweden's 1-0 victory on June 18.Sweden's Pontus Jansson, top left, and South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng try to head the ball during Sweden's 1-0 victory on June 18. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSweden’s Pontus Jansson, top left, and South Korea’s Ki Sung-yueng try to head the ball during Sweden’s 1-0 victory on June 18.Hide Caption 68 of 100Switzerland's Steven Zuber celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil on June 17. The two teams tied 1-1.Switzerland's Steven Zuber celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil on June 17. The two teams tied 1-1. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSwitzerland’s Steven Zuber celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil on June 17. The two teams tied 1-1.Hide Caption 69 of 100Brazil's Philippe Coutinho and Switzerland's Breel Embolo compete for the ball.Brazil's Philippe Coutinho and Switzerland's Breel Embolo compete for the ball. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupBrazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Switzerland’s Breel Embolo compete for the ball.Hide Caption 70 of 100Brazilian star Neymar recently came back from a foot injury.Brazilian star Neymar recently came back from a foot injury. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupBrazilian star Neymar recently came back from a foot injury.Hide Caption 71 of 100Mexico's Hirving Lozano, left, celebrates with Jesus Gallardo after scoring the only goal in the upset victory over Germany on June 17. Germany won the World Cup in 2014.Mexico's Hirving Lozano, left, celebrates with Jesus Gallardo after scoring the only goal in the upset victory over Germany on June 17. Germany won the World Cup in 2014. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMexico’s Hirving Lozano, left, celebrates with Jesus Gallardo after scoring the only goal in the upset victory over Germany on June 17. Germany won the World Cup in 2014.Hide Caption 72 of 100Fans wave German flags before facing off with Mexico.Fans wave German flags before facing off with Mexico. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFans wave German flags before facing off with Mexico.Hide Caption 73 of 100Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a late save against Mario Gomez.Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a late save against Mario Gomez. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a late save against Mario Gomez.Hide Caption 74 of 100Marcos Ureña runs onto the pitch during Costa Rica's opening match against Serbia on June 17. Serbia won 1-0.Marcos Ureña runs onto the pitch during Costa Rica's opening match against Serbia on June 17. Serbia won 1-0. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMarcos Ureña runs onto the pitch during Costa Rica’s opening match against Serbia on June 17. Serbia won 1-0.Hide Caption 75 of 100Croatian players celebrate after Luka Modric scored the second goal of their 2-0 win against Nigeria on June 16.Croatian players celebrate after Luka Modric scored the second goal of their 2-0 win against Nigeria on June 16. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupCroatian players celebrate after Luka Modric scored the second goal of their 2-0 win against Nigeria on June 16.Hide Caption 76 of 100Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel runs with the ball during the Croatia match.Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel runs with the ball during the Croatia match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupNigerian captain John Obi Mikel runs with the ball during the Croatia match.Hide Caption 77 of 100Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen reacts after he scored a goal against Peru on June 16. It turned out to be the only goal in the match.Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen reacts after he scored a goal against Peru on June 16. It turned out to be the only goal in the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupDenmark’s Yussuf Poulsen reacts after he scored a goal against Peru on June 16. It turned out to be the only goal in the match.Hide Caption 78 of 100Peru's Luis Advincula, left, and Denmark's Martin Braithwaite fight for the ball.Peru's Luis Advincula, left, and Denmark's Martin Braithwaite fight for the ball. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPeru’s Luis Advincula, left, and Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite fight for the ball.Hide Caption 79 of 100Argentina star Lionel Messi appears downcast at the end of a 1-1 draw with Iceland on June 16. Messi missed a penalty in the match.Argentina star Lionel Messi appears downcast at the end of a 1-1 draw with Iceland on June 16. Messi missed a penalty in the match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupArgentina star Lionel Messi appears downcast at the end of a 1-1 draw with Iceland on June 16. Messi missed a penalty in the match.Hide Caption 80 of 100Messi and Iceland's Hordur Magnusson struggle for the ball.Messi and Iceland's Hordur Magnusson struggle for the ball. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMessi and Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson struggle for the ball.Hide Caption 81 of 100Fans of France share a kiss before the team's opening match with Australia on June 16.Fans of France share a kiss before the team's opening match with Australia on June 16. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFans of France share a kiss before the team’s opening match with Australia on June 16.Hide Caption 82 of 100French midfielder Paul Pogba keeps his eye on the ball against Australia. His shot deflected off an Australian for the match-winning goal.French midfielder Paul Pogba keeps his eye on the ball against Australia. His shot deflected off an Australian for the match-winning goal. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFrench midfielder Paul Pogba keeps his eye on the ball against Australia. His shot deflected off an Australian for the match-winning goal.Hide Caption 83 of 100Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first-half penalty against Spain on June 15. He added two more goals in the 3-3 draw.Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first-half penalty against Spain on June 15. He added two more goals in the 3-3 draw. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPortugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first-half penalty against Spain on June 15. He added two more goals in the 3-3 draw.Hide Caption 84 of 100Spanish defender Nacho, left, competes for a header with Portugal's Bruno Fernandes. Nacho conceded the early penalty to Ronaldo but responded with a second-half goal.Spanish defender Nacho, left, competes for a header with Portugal's Bruno Fernandes. Nacho conceded the early penalty to Ronaldo but responded with a second-half goal. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupSpanish defender Nacho, left, competes for a header with Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes. Nacho conceded the early penalty to Ronaldo but responded with a second-half goal.Hide Caption 85 of 100Fernando Hierro was making his debut as Spain's manager. The former captain took over two days ago when <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/sport/julen-lopetegui-real-madrid-spain-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">Spain fired Julen Lopetegui.</a>Fernando Hierro was making his debut as Spain's manager. The former captain took over two days ago when <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/sport/julen-lopetegui-real-madrid-spain-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">Spain fired Julen Lopetegui.</a> Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFernando Hierro was making his debut as Spain’s manager. The former captain took over two days ago when Spain fired Julen Lopetegui.Hide Caption 86 of 100Portuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro controls the ball in the match against Spain.Portuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro controls the ball in the match against Spain. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPortuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro controls the ball in the match against Spain.Hide Caption 87 of 100Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz lies on the ground after heading the ball into his own net late in stoppage time on June 15. The whistle was blown just a few moments later, and Iran won 1-0.Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz lies on the ground after heading the ball into his own net late in stoppage time on June 15. The whistle was blown just a few moments later, and Iran won 1-0. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupMorocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz lies on the ground after heading the ball into his own net late in stoppage time on June 15. The whistle was blown just a few moments later, and Iran won 1-0.Hide Caption 88 of 100Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh grimaces in pain in front of Morocco's Romain Saiss.Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh grimaces in pain in front of Morocco's Romain Saiss. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupIran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh grimaces in pain in front of Morocco’s Romain Saiss.Hide Caption 89 of 100Uruguay's Luis Suarez, left, and Egypt's Sam Morsy battle for the ball on June 15. Uruguay won 1-0.Uruguay's Luis Suarez, left, and Egypt's Sam Morsy battle for the ball on June 15. Uruguay won 1-0. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupUruguay’s Luis Suarez, left, and Egypt’s Sam Morsy battle for the ball on June 15. Uruguay won 1-0.Hide Caption 90 of 100Fans watch the Egypt-Uruguay match from temporary seats set up at the Ekaterinburg Arena. The seats had to be installed to meet FIFA's minimum-seating requirement.Fans watch the Egypt-Uruguay match from temporary seats set up at the Ekaterinburg Arena. The seats had to be installed to meet FIFA's minimum-seating requirement. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFans watch the Egypt-Uruguay match from temporary seats set up at the Ekaterinburg Arena. The seats had to be installed to meet FIFA’s minimum-seating requirement.Hide Caption 91 of 100Egyptian midfielder Abdallah Said heads the ball during the match against Uruguay.Egyptian midfielder Abdallah Said heads the ball during the match against Uruguay. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupEgyptian midfielder Abdallah Said heads the ball during the match against Uruguay.Hide Caption 92 of 100Fedor Smolov fights off two Saudi defenders during the tournament opener, which Russia won 3-0 on June 14. Russia and Saudi Arabia came into the match as the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.Fedor Smolov fights off two Saudi defenders during the tournament opener, which Russia won 3-0 on June 14. Russia and Saudi Arabia came into the match as the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFedor Smolov fights off two Saudi defenders during the tournament opener, which Russia won 3-0 on June 14. Russia and Saudi Arabia came into the match as the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.Hide Caption 93 of 100Fans watching from Yekaterinburg, Russia, celebrate Russia's first goal.Fans watching from Yekaterinburg, Russia, celebrate Russia's first goal. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupFans watching from Yekaterinburg, Russia, celebrate Russia’s first goal.Hide Caption 94 of 100The ball flies past Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf for Russia's fourth goal.The ball flies past Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf for Russia's fourth goal. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupThe ball flies past Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf for Russia’s fourth goal.Hide Caption 95 of 100A fan wears body paint in Russia's colors before the opening match.A fan wears body paint in Russia's colors before the opening match. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupA fan wears body paint in Russia’s colors before the opening match.Hide Caption 96 of 100Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the crowd before kickoff at the Luzhniki Stadium.Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the crowd before kickoff at the Luzhniki Stadium. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupRussian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the crowd before kickoff at the Luzhniki Stadium.Hide Caption 97 of 100Performers take part in the tournament's opening ceremony.Performers take part in the tournament's opening ceremony. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupPerformers take part in the tournament’s opening ceremony.Hide Caption 98 of 100British pop star Robbie Williams headlined the opening ceremony.British pop star Robbie Williams headlined the opening ceremony. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupBritish pop star Robbie Williams headlined the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 99 of 100Russian soprano Aida Garifullina sings during the opening ceremony.Russian soprano Aida Garifullina sings during the opening ceremony. Photos: The best photos of the 2018 World CupRussian soprano Aida Garifullina sings during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 100 of 10009 world cup 062618 RESTRICTED06 world cup 06261807 world cup 06261808 world cup 06261807 world cup 06261802 world cup 06261801 world cup 06261803 world cup 06261804 world cup 06261805 world cup 06261809 world cup 06251807 world cup 06251808 world cup 06251811 world cup 06251804 world cup 06251806 world cup 06251801 world cup 06251802 world cup 06251803 world cup 06251809 world cup 06241807 world cup 06241813 world cup 06241806 world cup 062418 RESTRICTED05 world cup 062418 RESTRICTED01 world cup 06241802 world cup 06241810 world cup 062318 RESTRICTED07 world cup 06231809 world cup 06231808 world cup 06231805 world cup 06231801 world cup 06231802 world cup 062318 RESTRICTED03 world cup 06231809 world cup 06221808 world cup 06221807 world cup 06221804 world cup 06221805 world cup 06221806 world cup 06221801 world cup 06221802 world cup 06221806 world cup 06211807 world cup 06211808 world cup 06211803 world cup 06211804 world cup 06211805 world cup 06211801 world cup 06211802 world cup 06211834 world cup 06201832 world cup 06201833 world cup 06201831 world cup 06201828 world cup 06201830 world cup 06201829 world cup 06201825 world cup 06191823 world cup 06191824 world cup 06191835 world cup 06201819 world cup 06191818 world cup 061918 RESTRICTED14 world cup 06181817 world cup 06181813 world cup 06181812 world cup 06181810 world cup 06181805 world cup 06181803 world cup 06181804 world cup 06181807 world cup 06181806 world cup 061718 RESTRICTED08 world cup 06181801 world cup 06171816 world cup 061618 RESTRICTED19 world cup 06161811 world cup 061618 RESTRICTED14 world cup 061618 RESTRICTED07 world cup 06161810 world cup 06161805 world cup 06161803 world cup 06161813b world cup 06151814 world cup 06151816 world cup 06151817 world cup 06151807 world cup 06151810 world cup 06151802 world cup 06151803 world cup 06151804 world cup 06151820 world cup 06141828 world cup 06141824 world cup 06141803 world cup 06141809 world cup 06141808 world cup 06141807 world cup 06141806 world cup 061418It was an exquisite finish from a Gabriel Mercado cross and the most important of the Manchester United’s three goals for his country. Messi jumped on Rojo’s shoulders as Argentina wildly celebrated a late reprieve. Argentina’s fans in the St. Petersburg Stadium’s bleachers celebrated equally ecstatically, notably football legend Diego Maradona who directed a middle-finger salute — with both hands — at hecklers below where he was sitting.The Nigerians were left to wonder what might have been had they been more ruthless in goal. In the 75th minute Odion Ighalo in particular squandered a chance to put his team ahead and leave Argentina with a mountain to climb.

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— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) June 26, 2018 Nigeria claimed Rojo had handled the ball in the build up to Ingalo’s effort, but even after a VAR review the referee did not think the incident was a penalty.Wilfred Ndidi also went close from distance, but ultimately Nigerian went on to suffer a fifth World Cup defeat to Argentina. Messi celebrates scoring in the first half.Messi celebrates scoring in the first half.Messi celebrates scoring in the first half.Argentina fans celebrate victoryArgentina fans celebrate victoryArgentina fans celebrate victoryHas Argentina got what it takes to defeat France and reach the quarterfinals? Have your say on our Facebook page. Croatia top Group DMeanwhile, Iceland’s first World Cup adventure came to an end in Rostov-on-Don after a spirited 2-1 defeat against Group D winners Croatia, who will play Denmark in the next round. Iceland took the game to its opponent and looked the better side for much of the 90 minutes.Only a mixture of poor finishing, some brilliant goalkeeping and bit of misfortune meant the islanders were unable to make the most of their opportunities.Duglegur: The World Cup & football in IcelandDuglegur: The World Cup & football in IcelandDuglegur: The World Cup & football in IcelandJUST WATCHEDDuglegur: The World Cup & football in IcelandReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Duglegur: The World Cup & football in Iceland 17:11Croatia, however, has laid down a marker at this World Cup. Though this wasn’t its finest performance and the team looked disjointed — manager Zlatko Dalic made nine changes to his starting XI — it’s only the second team, after Uruguay, to pick up nine points from the opening three matches so far.Boasting an abundance of talent in midfield, including the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic, Croatia is being tipped by many as a dark horse to go far in Russia.But it was another of its stars, Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, who won it for Croatia at the death, after a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty had canceled out Milan Badelj’s volley.Croatia's forward Ivan Perisic is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal Croatia's forward Ivan Perisic is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal Croatia’s forward Ivan Perisic is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team’s second goal After an uneventful opening 40 minutes, the match finally came to life as the interval approached and Iceland began to test the Croatian defense for the first time.Alfred Finnbogason came closest first, exchanging a neat one-two with Sigurdsson before curling his low shot narrowly wide of the post and into the side netting.Croatia were being forced to withstand a barrage of pressure, repelling corners and that trademark Icelandic long throw.It was then Aron Gunnarsson’s turn to bring the fans to the edge of their seats, running onto a loose ball on the edge of the area and bringing a spectacular, diving save out of Croatia’s stand-in goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.Yet it was Croatia who took a surprise lead early in the second half.Badelj had only moments ago seen a thunderous strike hit the crossbar, but he kept this one down and volleyed the ball into the net.Despite the setback, Iceland continued to press and looked by far the better side.Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videosBirkir Bjarnason scuffed a shot in front of goal after being found by Finnbogason, but Iceland would soon have the goal it deserved.Dejan Lovren’s obvious handball in the box was penalized by referee Antonio Mateu and Sigurdsson, despite missing a penalty in his previous game against Nigeria, stepped up and hammered the ball confidently into the roof of the net.But as Iceland pressed on for the winner, Croatia punished some sloppy passing in midfield. Goalscorer Badelj this time turned provider, threading a ball through to Perisic who finished emphatically into the top corner to maintain Croatia’s 100% record in Russia.

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