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GOL! Messi opens World Cup account with stunning finish to get Argentina up and running

Lionel Messi has fired his side into an early lead in their must-win Group D fixture.

LIONEL MESSI IS off the mark.

Argentina lead Nigeria 1-0 in their must-win group game after a sublime opening goal by the under-fire maestro.

Midfielder Ever Banega supplied a pinpoint chipped through-ball which Messi controlled wonderfully before firing to the far corner with his right boot.

Messi has since hit the post with a free-kick from close range.

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