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Messi says Nigeria made them suffer to get the win

Messi says Nigeria made them suffer to get the win

- Lionel Messi reveals Nigeria made them suffer to earn their 2-1 victory

- The Argentina talisman scored a superb goal and the 100th of the tournament

- Marcos Rojo also said Messi's half time talk inspired him to score the winner

Argentina star man Lionel Messi has revealed that they were made to suffer to earn a vital 2-1 victory over the Super Eagles.

The Barcelona main man scored the first goal with his weaker right-foot after contorlling the ball brilliantly with his leg.

Nigeria came back through a penalty scored by Victor Moses but Marcos Rojo sealed the win four minutes from time.

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“We suffered a lot,” Messi said on

“There was a lot at stake. It was a huge relief, a relief for all of us. We didn’t think we would suffer this much.”

Argentina will take on France in the round of 16 and the 30-year-old said they will be prepared for a tough game.

“We have watched every single France game. We follow every game. France is a very good team with skilled individual players. They have very fast players who can really make a difference. I know what we will have to do. It will be a very tough game, no doubt.”

Jorge Sampaoli's side have been poor in Russia so far and the fact they face Didier Deschamps team in the last 16 means they will seriously need to improve.

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Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Rojo has revealed Messi encouraged the team to stay calm during half time.

Rojo, who scored in the previous World Cup against Nigeria in Brazil in 2014 claims his goal was inspired by the Barcelona man.

He said: "Messi came up to us and told us to calm down and not be stressed. We felt nervous and that message helped us a lot and gave me personally a huge confidence boost.

"Messi is our captain and he's the best captain in the world, it was amazing to score that goal.

"Messi told everyone that it was either life or death. It could've gone badly. We could've conceded but Leo was stubborn.

"He told me to run forward. Even [Javier] Mascherano. He told everyone to attack no matter what. He truly read the game and risks. He's a leader. The best."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Achilles the cat predicted a Super Eagles victory over the Argentines.

However, that failed to happen but it is on record that the cat had previously forecasted Russia defeating Saudi Arabia and Egypt respectively and also Brazil's last gasp win against Costa Rica.

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