Lionel Messi is great: This really is obviously not a thing that we merely learned Wednesday. We’ve got known this for some time. But, given his recent play, it’s hard not to draw comparisons between him and Diego Maradona — the man who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986. Messi presenting four goals in three games, and he’s showing no signs of slowing. His cracking free kick beat Vincent Enyeama — a thorn in the side for years — without difficulty. He’s looked near unstoppable, and will also be a day at see the best way far they can carry Argentina.
Ahmed Musa to complement: Another thing of promise to the Nigerian side was their attack, especially Ahmed Musa who scored twice Wednesday. They ran right alongside Argentina, creating chances and doing operator in illuminating the scoreboard. They were unable and keep pace with Messi — not many are — however they showed a chance to bring another panic attack that may put some pressure with a France side containing seen nothing on the sort up to now.
Argentina back a trifle shaky: Musa’s play also calls in your thoughts the play from the Argentina defense, which were exactly dominant against lesser competition. They blanked an Iran side that had been mostly disinterested in scoring — and in some cases then Iran had numerous chances. It’s certainly feasible for Messi and cup front can outscore any opponent — at least most opponents — but that’s not really a recipe for fulfillment, because opposition will simply have more formidable.
Bosnia were the unluckiest team as of this World Cup. Particularly after the spirited effort they gave against Argentina, you can’t really argue Nigeria don’t deserve their berth in the Round of 16. But after Bosnia ran out comfortable two-goal winners over an Iran side which have given both Nigeria and Argentina defensive fits, it is also impossible to never wonder what has been if your Dragons hadn’t taken that pre-tournament field trip to the Hallway of Ladders You Walk Under Amid Criss-Crossing Black Cats, where they dropped a full boxful of mirrors.