Argentina’s Marcos Rojo (right) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game with team-mate Argentina’s Lionel Messi (left) during the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina sealed their place in the knockout stages after a late Marcos Rojo stunner. Meanwhile, Croatia secured top spot with a 2-1 victory over Iceland.

Argentina 2-1 Nigeria

14 minutes into the game and Lionel Messi opened the scoring. Ever Banega chipped the ball over the top of the Nigeria defence and Messi produced a sensational piece of control, ran through and hit the ball into the far corner with his weaker right foot.

On 27 minutes Messi almost turned provider. He played it through to Gonzalo Higuain and the Juventus forwards attempted chip was well stopped by Francis Uzoho.

Messi came ever so close to doubling the scoreline half an hour in. His free-kick deceived Uzoho as he struck it towards the keeper’s side. His effort was well saved as the Nigeria keeper managed to get fingertips to the shot.

Five minutes into the second half and Nigeria were gifted a chance to equalize. Javier Mascherano brought down Leon Balogun in the box. Referee Cuneyt Cakir felt he was holding on to the defender too much and gave the penalty which Victor Moses converted.

Odion Ighao almost sealed the three points with 15 minutes left to play. His effort was volleyed wide of the right post as the Super Eagles launched a counter attack.

With four minutes to play, Marcos Rojo volleyed Argentina into the knockout stages of the world cup. After a Gabriel Mercado cross, the Man Utd defender hammered into in the bottom corner.

Man of the match: Lionel Messi 

Iceland 1-2 Croatia

40 mins into the game and the first chance of the game fell to Iceland, Alfred Finnbogason disposed Milan Badelj and played a one-two with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Finbogason’s shot curled just wide of the post as it shaved the post.

Iceland finished the half the stronger, Aaron Gunnarson and Birkir Bjarnason both had good chances in injury time but Lovre Kalinic made two top saves to deny Iceland from going into the break 1-0 up.

Milan Badelj from 25 yards had an effort crash off the crossbar, Hannes Hallforsson was well beaten but the post came to his aid.

Fiorentina’s Badelj did beat Halldorsson in the 53rd minute. Josip Pivaric’s deflected cross, fell to Badelj who made a late run into the box and on the half volley hit the ball down and it bounced up and into the goal.

Iceland looked to bounce back almost immediately. Three minutes after going behind, Sigurdsson’s corner was headed off the bar by Sverrir Ingi Ingason.

Iceland found themselves, a route back into the game after 76 minutes. Sigurdsson’s cross was blocked by Dejan Lovren’s hand and a penalty was given. The Everton man stepped up himself and hit it high into the roof of the net.

As Iceland searched for a winner Ivan Perisic sealed the three points and secured their place at the top of the group on 90 minutes. On the angle, the Inter Milan winger ended Iceland’s slim hopes of qualifying past the group stage.

Man of the match: Milan Badelj