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The Best Photos From Argentina vs. Nigeria

It took a heroic go-ahead goal by Marcos Rojo in the 86th minute, but Argentina managed to escape Saint Petersburg Arena with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria, narrowly booking a spot in the round of 16. Here, the best photos from the nail-biting match.

Maradona is fired up. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Maradona is fired up. A packed house at Saint Petersburg Arena. Julian Finney/Getty Images A packed house at Saint Petersburg Arena. All eyes on Messi. Francois Nel/Getty Images All eyes on Messi.

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Messi strikes first, putting Argentina up 1-0 in the 14th minute. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Messi strikes first, putting Argentina up 1-0 in the 14th minute. lionel messi of argentina scores his teams first goal during the 2018 picture  f6f856ca 0b51 4872 9ccd bbe8eccd9f28 Alex Morton/Getty Images lionel messi of argentina scores his teams opening goal past francis picture  7f4cf97d 5435 4a6b bbc1 27416dfc7455 Patrick Smith - FIFA via Getty Images Let the celebration commence. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Let the celebration commence. Maradona basks in the moment. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images Maradona basks in the moment. A yellow card for Javier Mascherano leads to a Nigeria penalty... Patrick Smith - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images A yellow card for Javier Mascherano leads to a Nigeria penalty... ...and Victor Moses (11) delivers the equalizer for the Super Eagles. Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images ...and Victor Moses (11) delivers the equalizer for the Super Eagles. Tension grows late in the match. Jamie Squire - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Tension grows late in the match. Rojo puts an entire country on his back, giving Argentina a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Rojo puts an entire country on his back, giving Argentina a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute.
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Jamie Squire - FIFA via Getty Images; Richard Heathcote/Getty Images William Ekong appears in shock after the final whistle. Alex Morton/Getty Images William Ekong appears in shock after the final whistle. Marcos Rojo salutes the Argentina faithful. Jamie Squire - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Marcos Rojo salutes the Argentina faithful.



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