'There Is Only One King In Jungle,' Tweeps React To Lionel Messi's Goal As Argentina Beat Nigeria 2-1

FIFA World Cup 2018: Argentina entered the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals by registering a 2-1 triumph over Nigeria in their final Group D match

The Argentina captain Lionel Messi led from the front as the two-time champions entered the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals by registering a 2-1 triumph over Nigeria in their final Group D match at St Petersburg on June 26.

Lionel Messi’s strike in the 14th minute gave Argentina a much-needed lead over the Nigerians.

Messi, who was stationed at right-forward, received a long-range aerial pass from the centre of the pitch from Ever Banega. The Argentina captain controlled the ball with his thigh before barging into the box and firing to the left corner of the net despite being pushed towards the right side by Kenneth Omeruo.

This was Messi’s first goal in the ongoing World Cup.

Soon after Messi managed to put the ball into the opponent’s net, his fans erupted in joy and started pouring congratulatory messages on Twitter.

Some even tried to spark a debate by calling him better than Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

But just four minutes into the second half, Nigerians managed to level the score as they successfully converted a penalty awarded after veteran midfielder Javier Mascherano was penalised for holding Leon Balogun inside the box while defending a corner.

Victor Moses kicked the ball to the left as Armani dived to the wrong side.

Another chance came Nigeria’s way in the 74th minute. Odion Ighalo, however, missed a golden opportunity to score.

In the 86th minute of the game, Argentina was brought back into the game by Marcos Rojo as he sent the ball to the right corner of Nigeria’s net to give Argentina the 2-1 lead.

Following the win, Argentina have four points in total and they are second in their group behind Croatia, who have nine points. The other two teams in the group — Nigeria (three points) and Iceland (one point) — have crashed out of the tournament.