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Argentina beat Nigeria, both through

Lionel Messi scored twice for the South Americans to beat the Africans 3-2.

FILE: Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium. Picture: AFP.

PORTO ALEGRE BRAZIL - Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in another wonderful World Cup match on Wednesday but both teams advanced to the second round after Iran lost to Bosnia in the other Group F game.

In an explosive start, Messi lashed in a rebound after three minutes but Nigeria equalised a minute later thanks to a superb finish by Ahmed Musa, only for Messi to curl in a brilliant 20-metre free kick for his fourth of the tournament in first-half stoppage time.

Musa levelled again with a clever finish two minutes after the restart but Argentina, who were assured of qualification before kickoff, got a fortunate third eight minutes later when a corner bounced in off the knee of Marcos Rojo.

Argentina finished on nine points from their three wins and will play the Group E runners-up - probably Ecuador, Switzerland or Honduras.

Nigeria were second on four points and face the Group E winners, likely to be France.

Bosnia ended with three points after beating Iran, who needed to win to have a chance of going through but completed their campaign with one point.

For more on the World Cup visit EWN's 2014 World Cup portal.

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