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Argentina's late win shows no one does World Cup madness quite like La Albiceleste

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- It will become one of the defining images of this World Cup: Lionel Messi being carried by a teammate as Argentina snatched a ticket into the knockout stages with a stunning late goal from Marcos Rojo that sealed a dramatic victory over Nigeria in St. Petersburg.

Messi is the one who usually does the carrying, of course. He is the guy who has the weight of a nation on his shoulders whenever he turns up at a World Cup, and it has been a crushing burden at times.

But as Rojo...

Marcos Rojo the unlikely hero as Argentina beat Nigeria to go through

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 in a wild Group D finale, a result that propelled the Albiceleste into the knockout round at the Super Eagles' expense.

Here are three thoughts on the match.

1. Argentina leaves it late as Rojo plays the hero

It was a dizzying and electric atmosphere heading into Tuesday night's decisive game. The two teams entered the match with huge contrasts in form. Nigeria was on a high after dispatching Iceland 2-0 and controlled its knockout...

Messi ends 11-hour drought; Moscow ends 36-game goal-fest

Messi celebrates his goal against Nigeria.

More drama. More late goals. More heartbreaks, and one notable great escape. Here are the best numbers from the thrilling final round of fixtures in Group C and D.


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Lionel Messi is the first player in World Cup history to have scored in his teens, 20s as well as in his 30s. Messi's only goal in the 2006 World Cup came against Serbia & Montenegro while he was seven days shy of turning 19. He also scored four goals at the 2014 World Cup -- the first of them at the age of 26 years, 357 days --...

World Cup diaries: The Viking clap experience, big crowds at small games

The Thunderclap

At the first double-drumbeat the stadium suddenly goes hush; the "Hoo!" follows a split second later. Still a hush. It's like the first footstep of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Everyone is on edge. Then the next, about ten seconds later. Then another, a second faster; and so on until by the tenth it's rapid-fire. I counted 30 before it broke down into the general noise of a football crowd.

Iceland's fans - called Tolfan, for twelve, or "twelfth man" - debuted the Thunderclap at...

Ahmed Musa double inspires Nigeria and gives Lionel Messi, Argentina hope

VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Three quick thoughts on Nigeria 2-0 Iceland in Group D at the World Cup on Friday afternoon.

1. Nigeria's important win sets up tantalising finale in Group D

Iceland have long tormented opponents with their ability to hit teams on the break, as well as excel at set pieces. The fact that restarts had long been a weakness for Nigeria made the Group D match look as if it was tilted slightly in Iceland's favour. But not only did Nigeria clean up their defensive frailties but they...

In their World Cup matchup, Iceland will look to seize on Nigeria's sense of urgency

By now, Iceland's footballing virtues have been well documented; the organization, the athleticism, the tactical self-awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. But one that is perhaps overlooked more than others is the team's ability to not dwell on past successes, and to look forward to the task in front of it.

That is among the bigger challenges facing Iceland as it prepares to face Nigeria in Volgograd on Friday. The 1-1 draw against Argentina is the latest impressive result recorded by the...