Playing against Nigeria was a difficult game — Messi

Lionel Messi, who scored the opening goal against Nigeria in the last Group D game of the FIFA World Cup in Russia has confessed that the encounter was “a difficult one”.

Speaking at the post-match conference shortly after his team beat the Eagles 2-1 at St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday, the Argentine ace player who agreed that the match was balanced praised Nigeria for their dauntless showing.

‘‘It was a very balanced game, we were able to control the first half, we had more possession, they tried to create chances around after the first goal.

“We thought the second half would be similar but they scored a penalty and that made things more difficult, we got nervous, we had pressure as time goes faster,’’ he said.

Messi, who became the third Argentine player to score in three World Cups, following Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta accepted that his team had to battle hard against the Super Eagles.

He, however, said that they were conscious of the threat posed by France who are their next opponent, saying: ‘‘We know France is a good side and we will find a solution to their antics,’’ he said.

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