Photos: Messi and Musa rain goals in Nigeria - Argentina thriller

 Photos: Messi and Musa rain goals in Nigeria - Argentina thriller

Sublime Messi was the highlight of a fast paced high scorer against Nigeria. He opened the scoring in the third minute, slamming in the rebound after Angel Di Maria's shot bounced off the post: Reuters

Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Nigeria during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014. REUTERS

Lionel Messi (10) carried by his jubilant teammates soon after he opened scoring: Reuters

Nigeria replied within a minute as Musa cut in from the left and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post: Reuters

Nigeria replied within a minute as Musa cut in from the left and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post: Reuters

Argentina's Lionel Messi scores on a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.  REUTERS

Messi's perfectly hooked free kick restored the lead for Argentina just before halftime: Reuters

rgentina's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014 REUTERS

Ah the old aeroplane. Messi celebrates his sublime free kick that left the Nigerian goalkeeper as open mouthed as the crowd that witnessed the goal: Reuters

Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) celebrates after scoring against Nigeria during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.  REUTERS

Messi enjoys a moment with the wildly cheering crowd, soon after scoring his second goal of the match: Reuters

Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero (L) fails to save a goal by Nigeria's Ahmed Musa (2nd R) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.    REUTERS

Soon after the second half started however, Musa took advantage of confusion in the Argentine defense to score his second goal and equalise: Reuters

Argentina's Marcos Rojo (16) scores their third goal during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014. REUTERS

The lead didn't last for too long however. Rojo made it 3-2 for Argentina as he got his right knee on a corner kick three minutes into the second half: Reuters

Argentina's Marcos Rojo celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.     REUTERS

Argentina's Marcos Rojo celebrates his first ever international goal and Argentina's third of the match. It would prove to be the match winning goal of the game: Reuters

A fan of Nigeria holds up a sign referring to the Boko Haram kidnapping during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Argentina at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.   REUTERS

A Nigerian holds up a sign referring to the Boko Haram kidnapping at the match: Reuters

Updated Date: Jun 26, 2014 08:31:18 IST