Argentina's Rojo sets up meeting with France

A fantastic volley from Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo blasted Argentina through to a meeting with France in the last 16 of the World Cup after a tense finish to Group D.

Everything seemed to be going to plan when Lionel Messi gave Argentina a first-half lead, but Victor Moses equalised from the penalty spot to put Nigeria back in charge as a draw would take them through.

The Africans missed several great chances to seal their passage, but Rojo pounced in the final minutes to send Diego Maradona and the rest of his nation crazy.

Argentina are 12-1 to lift the trophy and face France on Saturday.

Croatia will play Denmark on Sunday after they beat Iceland 2-1 in the other Group D and topped the section.

The first bore draw of the World Cup arrived as France and Denmark shared the points to ensure both teams progressed from Group C.

France rested key players including Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, while goalkeeper Steve Mandanda came in for Hugo Lloris but did not have to make a save as the Danes dug deep to get the job done.

"We were up against one of the best counter-attacking teams in the world," said Denmark coach Age Hareide. "We would have been stupid if we opened up. We played to get the result and we did it."

Spectators in Sochi were whistling and jeering by the final minutes but bookmakers were relieved to have finally seen a goalless game having offered odds of as big as 40-1 at the outset that there would be a goal in every game.

France finished top of the group but have been unconvincing and are 8-1 shots to lift the World Cup, fractionally bigger than their 13-2 ante-post quote, while Denmark are 80-1 from 100-1.

Match in Focus

19:45 Th 15Nov SKY

Ireland v N Ireland

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Ireland have two clean sheets in nine home games
Expert verdict
This will be a friendly in name only and looks set to conjure up goals in the first Irish derby since 2011. Both sides are out of form and bottom of their Nations League groups but will be motivated to perform under the lights of the Aviva Stadium. The return of Kyle Lafferty should be a big boost for the visitors.



Whether it's the Johnstone's Paint Trophy or the Champions League, Soccerbase will ensure you don't experience a big cup upset


Agonising over Aberdeen?
Yearning for Yeovil? Our database is crammed with every football club you could possibly wish for


A plethora of players ranging from Adebayor to Zamora. All you need to know to find out who is the best bet to score next


Card-happy control freak?
Astute arbiter? Make the right decision on any referee with the help of our specialist pages


From Allardyce to Zola, our massive manager database, with histories and win ratios, is sure to get your vote of confidence