Nigeria Face Lionel Messi's Argentina With Last 16 in Reach

Nigeria need a draw against Argentina in  Group F clash to move to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

updated: June 24, 2014 15:17 IST
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Defeat to Argentina could still see Nigeria through, provided Iran fail to beat Bosnia up in Salvador.


Porto Alegre: Nigeria face Lionel Messi's already qualified Argentina in Porto Alegre on Wednesday with a first appearance in the last 16 since 1998 tantalisingly within the African champions' grasp.

Tens of thousands of Messi fans are expected to make the trip up from Argentina to this southern port city for the closing Group F clash where a draw would secure the Nigerians the all important runners-up spot after Peter Odemwingie's goal against Bosnia-Hercegovina in Cuiaba on Saturday ended the west Africans' nine-match World Cup winless run.

Defeat to Argentina, who sit top with wins over Iran and Bosnia, could still see Stephen Keshi's men prolong their stay in Brazil, if Iran fail to beat Bosnia up in Salvador.

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