Argentina continued the dominance over Nigeria at World Cup on Tuesday night as they ended the hope of Super Eagles going further in Russia 2018.
After losing 0-2 to Croatia in the opening group game, former African champions recovered with an emphatic 2-0 win over Iceland in the second game.
The second game win brought life back into the team and raised the hope of the country going into the game against Argentina who required an outright victory to progress.
The game began with Argentina controllingh the game with their crisp cross passes and it paid off in the 14th minute with Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi opening the scoring.
The Nigeria team fought hard to level the game but it was Messi who hit the bar again for Argentina with a pin-point free kick.
The second stanza resumed with Nigeria creating more panic in the 18-yard box of the South Americans with the introduction of Odion Ighalo for Kelechi Iheanacho.
Victor Moses leveled the game in the 51st minute from the penalty spot after Javier Mascherano committed fouling Balogun in the box from a Corner Kick.
The Eagles had another penalty shout in the game after Marcos Rojo handled the ball in the box, the Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir consulted VAR but still ruled out the penalty call.
The man that broke the heart of Nigeria in 2014, Marcos Rojo, did it again, as he pounced on the square play that was released into the box by Pavon to give Argentina the 2nd and send out one of Africa’s representative.
Nigeria finished third in the group with 3 points behind Croatia and Argentina.