June 26, 2018 / 6:51 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Messi gives Argentina 1-0 halftime lead over Nigeria

ST PETERSBURG, June 26 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored his first goal of this World Cup in fine fashion to give Argentina a deserved 1-0 halftime lead over Nigeria in their final Group D match on Tuesday.

Played in by Ever Banega’s ball over the top, Messi expertly controlled with his thigh and stroked home in the 14th minute to hand a lifeline to Argentina, who need to win if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages. (Reporting by Simon Jennings Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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