Lionel Messi Goal Video: Watch Argentina Star Score Against Nigeria in World Cup (+Videos)

Lionel Messi scored his third goal in three World Cup matches against Nigeria on Wednesday.

The Argentina star scored in just the third minute.

Nigeria came back just a minute later and tied the game, but Messi scored again in the first half in extra time.

He got fouled just outside the penalty box and got a free kick in the 45th minute.

Messi’s kick curled into the top right side of the goal. Vincent Enyeama was unable to stop it.

Before this match, Enyeama was the only goalkeeper who hadn’t given up a goal.

See an Associated Press story from before the game below

Argentina fields Messi-led 4-3-3 against Nigeria 

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil—Nigeria and Argentina are not resting any of their starters in their final Group F match on Wednesday and sticking with the lineups they had in their previous matches.

Argentina will again rely on captain Lionel Messi — with two World Cup goals in Brazil already — moving wide and deep in a three-man attack behind Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is also keeping the lineup he used in Nigeria’s previous match, against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Vincent Enyeama will try to remain the only goalkeeper yet to concede a goal at this World Cup, while striker Peter Odemwingie has been called up again after scoring the winner against Bosnia.

Already qualified for the second round, Argentina needs at least a draw to win Group F. If Nigeriawins it will top the group, while a draw is enough to make sure of advancing.



Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa; Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Michael Babatunde; Peter Odemwingie, Emmanuel Emenike.

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Fernando Gago, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero.

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