Argentina left it late as they booked their place in the round of 16 in Russia 2018 after a 2-1 victory against Nigeria on Tuesday, June 26.
Goals from Messi and Rojo secured qualification for Argentina as Victor Moses also scored his first goal in the World Cup for Nigeria.
Maradona went bonkers in the stands following Marcos Rojo's superb goal, and it was clear it had transformed the former Argentina number 10 play-maker into a vibrant uncontrollable teenager.
The round bellied football icon was least to say ecstatic at his team's survival and began waving the middle-finger back and forth in a state of defiance to all those who had ruled out Argentina.
It was no doubt that el Pelusa had lost himself frolicking over Albiceleste's triumph and did not care at all who was watching him or where he was.
The passionate Argentine and Argentina fans world over will be more than thrilled to have edged out Nigeria and made it to the last 16 following a dismal start to their World Cup campaign.
As NAIJ.com formerly reported, Manchester United defender Rojo spoilt the party in the 85th minute, marching into the penalty area to meet Mercado's cross to volley an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner.
The last minute gasp fired Argentina to the next stage of the competition where they will face Group C winners France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday, June 30.
Meanwhile, Group D winners Croatia, who secured top spot after defeating World Cup debutants Iceland 2-1, will play Denmark in the round of 16.
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