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Argentina vs. Nigeria: Argentina wins, now faces a strong South Korea

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(Read caption) Argentina's Gabriel Heinze (l.) celebrates with team mate Martin Demichelis after scoring the opening goal during the Argentina vs. Nigeria 2010 World Cup soccer match in Johannesburg, Saturday.

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In Argentina vs. Nigeria, Argentina got their campaign off to a winning start in Johannesburg with a narrow 1-0 victory.

The Argentines had by far the greater number of chances and Lionel Messi was at the center of all their moves. But the Barcelona striker was profligate in front of goal, and Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyema had an outstanding match.

Argentina started brightly, with Messi looking dangerous every time he got the ball. He released Carlos Tevez in the first minute and Gonzalo Hugain two minutes later but neither could quite find the net.

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Just moments later Messi himself came close when he lofted a shot towards the top corner from 19 yards out that was well stopped by Enyema.


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