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Four minutes from time Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo scored the victor to send his team through to the round of 16. It means that Argentina are back on course to qualify; Nigeria and Iceland are out. I believe the two guys come from two completely different backgrounds, the character is not the same and they are different in so many ways.

What sets Messi apart from so many other players in this moment is his ability to receive the ball, adjust his body, and get off a strike in just fractions of a second.

Footage of a conversation between Sampaoli and Messi, taken in the closing stages with the score still at 1-1, has been circulated on Twitter since the game finished.

And Messi is now clearly giving the team-talks, too.

While Senegal's KAS Eupen right-back Moussa Wague became Africa's youngest World Cup goal scorer ever, the man who equalised for Japan in the 2-2 draw, Keisuke Honda, became his country's oldest scorer at 32. When Agüero enters the field, the composition of Argentina's attack changed, Leo changed his position,"an Argentina coaching staff told Ole".

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We dare say that a fair few people had to double check when Marcos Rojo came roaring onto a cross to fire home Argentina's winning goal against Nigeria in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening.

Add to that the absence of Italy, who have also won four trophies and three-time finalists Netherlands, who both failed to qualify, the round of 16 has an unfamiliar feel to it.

"What is important is the whole team defends together, not just as individuals or the midfield player in his area".

Journalist: In the first match I gave you the good-luck charm that my mother gave me - I'm not sure if you kept it or threw it away.

They will play France next, a team who themselves have struggled to get going on the pitch, and if Messi picks the right team and then stars in it, a quarter-final appearance is not beyond Argentina.

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