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Lionel Messi: Argentina’s World Cup begins today

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The Barcelona ace is looking forward

Lionel Messi was in upbeat mood after helping Argentina qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday with a win over Nigeria.

The Barcelona star scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win which saw La Albiceleste finish second in the group.

Messi spoke after the game and revealed his delight at qualifying and said his team didn’t deserve to go home yet.

“It was an amazing way to qualify,” he said. “We didn’t deserve to go out in the first round, so we’re all very happy.

”We knew we were going to win, but we hadn’t expected it to be as tough as it was.

”Our World Cup begins today. We had to win any way we could, and from today this needs to be a new World Cup for us.”

Source | TyC Sports

Argentina will play France in the last 16 with the two teams set to meet on Saturday at the Kazan Arena.