Revolution

World Cup Day 13: Messi, Rojo lead Argentina through

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Couldn't keep up with the last day of Groups C and D? Don't worry, BostonSportsJournal.com has you covered with all the action from Russia in quickie form, complete with BSJ analysis and insight.

FIVE THOUGHTS FROM TUESDAY'S ACTION

Argentina through to the knockout stages with 2-1 win over Nigeria: From fourth to second, and it was on from the word go. The Albicelestes made five changes to their squad for the Group D finale -- goalkeeper Franco Armani made his international debut -- and capitalized on the changes. And as the Argentina national anthem played, Lionel Messi had his head up, his eyes focused: a radical change from the pre-match with Croatia. Messi put his stamp on the match 14 minutes in: after holding a great deal of the possession, Messi got behind the defending, took Ever Banega's pass from near the midway line right off the chest, and with his third touch fired it in -- and helped Diego Maradona see God -- to get Argentina off on the right foot. He nearly had a second off a free kick 20 yards from goal, but he just missed the target and clanged it off the far post. Javier Mascherano found himself yellow-carded for a bear hug in the penalty area, and Victor Moses calmly slotted the resulting penalty home to level the match at 1-1 after 51 minutes. Nigeria would have a penalty shout, but VAR denied an Argentina handle (ball to hand, not hand to ball). And just as the 86th minute expired, Marcos Rojo deposited a cross from the flank into the lower right-hand corner to lift Argentina into the Round of 16.

First scoreless draw in the tournament comes between France-Denmark: This one wasn't exactly entertaining, and no, not because of the lack of goals: France only needed a draw to finish first, and Denmark