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KFC Moments of the Day: Lionel Messi inspires Argentina, Peru register historic win

12:13 EAT 27/06/2018
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Messi and Co. had everything to play for, while no one gave Peru a chance against Australia in Tuesday. We pick our two KFC Moments of the Day

KFC Moment of the Day 1

Argentina are through to the knockout stages of this year's tournament, and Lionel Messi came to the party after a rather difficult start to the summer. 

All eyes were on Messi to inspire the Argentines against Nigeria, who needed a point to book their place in the Last 16. 

The Barcelona superstar didn't disappoint as he stepped up to the plate to silence the Nigerians with a well-taken right-footed strike in the first half. 

What's special about Messi's goal against the Super Eagles is how he controlled the ball before setting himself up for what was the 100th goal of this year's edition. 

He also hit the post soon after opening his goalscoring account as Argentina appeared to be in full control of the match.

As expected, Messi created a few goalscoring chances for his teammates, and his resurgence has definitely given the South Americans a new sense of belief going into their encounter against France

Messi walked away with the man of the match award for his stellar display against Nigeria. 

KFC Moment of the Day 2 

The odds were heavily stacked against Peru as they took on Australia in their final match of Group C on Tuesday. 

Peru had not scored a goal at an international football competition since the 1982 edition. 

After losing their opening two matches of this year's games, no one gave them a chance, especially because Australia still had the slightest of chances to qualify for the next round. 

Two records were broken by Peru on the day - André Carrillo's 18th minute goal was their first at the tournament in 36 years. 

And while they stood no chance of getting out of the group, the goal meant a lot more to their fans and the entire Peruvian nation.

The goal was followed by Paolo Guerrero's second half strike, which ended any hopes of Australia advancing to the knockout phases. 

The match ended 2-0 in favour of Peru, and this saw them register their first win at the biggest sporting tournament since 1978, and for their efforts, the Peruvians deserve to be applauded.