Wednesday 26 September 2018

Diego Maradona's wild celebration sums up how much tonight's dramatic late win meant to Argentina

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Diego Armando Maradona is seen in the stands during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Diego Armando Maradona is seen in the stands during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Argentina snatched a place in the World Cup last 16 after a dramatic late goal from Marcos Rojo secured a 2-1 win over Nigeria.

The defender finished confidently to the net with four minutes remaining to rescure his team, who have been under huge pressure back in Argentina following two poor performances against Iceland and Croatia to open the group stage.

A spectacular Lionel Messi goal looked to have put Argentina on the way to the last 16 until Javier Mascherano conceded a penalty for holding, which was converted by Victor Moses.

It looked like Jorge Sampaoli's side were heading out of the tournament until Rojo steppped up, with his vital goal sparking an outpouring of emotion on the pitch and in the stand.

As always, Argentine legend Diego Maradona wore his heart on his sleeve, celebrating wildly in the stand as his country kept their World Cup hopes alive.

You can always gauge the mood of the Argentine nation by how El Diego is feeling during a game, and he went through the ringer tonight:

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Former Argentina player Diego Maradona (C) celebrates the teams opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
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Former Argentina forward Diego Maradona (C) celebrates the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Giuseppe CACACE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSGIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images
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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Diego Armando Maradona is seen in the stands during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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