Soccer-Messi puts Argentina 2-1 up on Nigeria at halftime


PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi struck twice to put Argentina 2-1 ahead of Nigeria at halftime in their final World Cup Group F match on Wednesday.

Messi lashed in a rebound to give his side the lead after three minutes but Nigeria equalised a minute later thanks to a superb finish by Ahmed Musa.

Argentina retook the lead in stoppage-time when Messi curled a brilliant 20-metre free kick into the corner of the net. (Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Justin Palmer)

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