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Kristopher Nichols
June 30, 2018

As we approach the knock out stage at this year's World Cup, six prominent all-time records have been broken in Russian Federation, among which is the most penalties awarded in a single edition, with last night's kick by Moses taking the figure to 23.

The round of 16 fixtures are already scheduled, with the first games starting on Saturday, but before fans are treated to a spectacle in knockout rounds of the tournament, there were some standout players in the group stages who are worth noting.

But then the most unlikely hero arrived, Marcos Rojo making his way into the box to provide a superbly volleyed victor with his weaker foot four minutes from time. The South Americans struggled to respond to that setback with a ragged second half display.

Messi did get one, so while Carlina Rojo's prediction was off by one, it was still fairly accurate.

"What's important is that we went through".

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She gushed: "I could not in any way anticipate that it would be so loved and all over the world". Lilly said being attracted to a type of character boils down to having to relate to them.

It will come as some relief as well to Jorge Sampaoli, who was under enormous pressure, especially after rumours surfaced surrounding his relationship with Messi.

A perfectly weighted diagonal ball over the top by Ever Banega was sublimely brought down on the outside of his thigh by Messi, who then drove past Nigeria's teenage keeper Francis Uzoho to open the scoring. If Argentina are to progress much further in Russian Federation, this will have to change. He was so excited that he even fell ill and had to be taken to a hospital after the game.

Aguero was eventually introduced in the 79th-minute and seven minutes later, they were heading through into the last-16 thanks to Rojo.

"Well, I remember that point in time, but everything I mentioned to the players is personal and I don't think it's for the public domain, it was a simple exchange I had with a player", Sampaoli said.

A lack-lustre Argentina were on the verge of an embarrassing exit before Manchester United defender, Rojo, surged into the area to place Gabriel Mercado's cross into the bottom corner. "It just wasn't to be", said Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel in tears after the game ended. Otherwise, we'll suffer because we have the best player in the world and the other players need to benefit from that.

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