Key highlights: Argentina 2-1 Nigeria

Here are the key highlights from the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria at Rostov Arena.

Argentina skipper Lionel Messi   -  Getty Images

 

Line-ups

Argentina: Armani, Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Perez, Mascherano, Banega, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain. Subs: Guzman, Ansaldi, Biglia, Fazio, Acuna, Meza, Salvio, Aguero, Lo Celso, Dybala, Pavon, Caballero.

Nigeria: Uzoho, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Moses, Etebo, Mikel, Ndidi, Idowu, Musa, Iheanacho. Subs: Ezenwa, Echiejile, Ighalo, Abdullahi, Simy, Obi, Onazi, Iwobi, Ogu, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Akpeyi.

The world will be watching Lionel Messi on Tuesday as he and his Argentina team-mates attempt to rescue their Russia 2018 campaign against Nigeria.

After two rounds of action in Group D, the 2014 runner-up is staring elimination in the face, having been held to a surprise 1-1 draw by debutant Iceland before capitulating to a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Croatia.

So much of the pre-tournament talk was whether - in what could be his final World Cup - Messi would finally experience international glory, as great rival Cristiano Ronaldo did with Portugal at Euro 2016.