Nigeria progressed to the final sixteen of the 2014 World Cup despite succumbing to a narrow 2-3 defeat in their final Group F fixture against Argentina.
Although Ahmed Musa was able to cancel out two strikes from Lionel Messi, he was unable to prevent Nigeria from suffering their first defeat in the 2014 World Cup, as Marcos Rojo scored the 50th minute winner for Argentina.
However, Iran's 1-3 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina was enough to see the Super Eagles make their way out of the group stages of the tournament.
The match started with Argentina grabbing the lead after only two minutes through Lionel Messi. Angel di Maria's initial effort struck the post and rebounded to the Barcelona striker, who made no mistakes as he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
However, Argentina's celebrations were cut short after Nigeria found the leveller in the very next minute. A fast break enabled Michel Babatunde to play the ball to Musa, who cut in from the left and danced past Pablo Zabaleta before curling an excellent effort past Romero.
La Albiceleste tried to provide an immediate response as they created successive two chances in the next couple of minutes. While Messi's excellent through ball was wasted by Gonzalo Higuain, Di Maria was able to force a save out of Vincent Enyeama.
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero's evening came to an early end after he was forced off the pitch with an injury in the 37th minute. However, the injury did not dampen the South American side's spirits as they soon went ahead through Messi, who curled a brilliant 40 yard free-kick past Enyeama in the first minute of injury time.
With only three minutes into the second half, Nigeria again found the equaliser through Musa, who eased past the Argentinean defence before slotting the ball past Romero.
However, the Super Eagles' joy was short lived as Argentina went back in front through Marcos Rojo after only three minutes. The Nigerian defence failed to clear a corner and Rojo poked the ball home from close range.