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Sad footage of Diego Maradona at the end of Nigeria 1-2 Argentina has emerged

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Argentina put their fans through an emotional rollercoaster on Tuesday evening.

Needing a win to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup, their match against Nigeria started well enough.

Lionel Messi scored early on to give Argentina the start they needed.

It was a lead that Argentina would carry into half-time but six minutes after half-time, Nigeria equalised.

Javier Mascherano was adjudged to have brought Leon Balogun down inside the box and a penalty was awarded after the referee consulted VAR.

Victor Moses stepped up and stroked the ball home.

La Albiceleste were minutes away from going out but Marcos Rojo scored a fine winner in the 86th minute to send thousands of supporters inside the Saint Petersburg Stadium - and millions more back in Argentina - into hysteria.

Concerning Maradona images

Diego Maradona, watching on from the stands, was closely watched throughout the evening.

The Argentina legend was spotted dancing with a Nigeria fan before kick-off, going wild after Messi’s goal and swearing after Rojo made it 2-1.

It was the Maradona show - but sad footage emerged of the 57-year-old at full-time.

Maradona had to be carried out of the stands and into a box.

Maradona was also unresponsive when his name was called.

He was treated by two paramedics after being taken into his box, according to the Mirror.

The reporter who helped Maradona write his books, Daniel Arcucci, took to Twitter to say the former Napoli star was stable after a blood pressure scare.

There were suggestions that Maradona was taken to hospital but the Mirror’s Darren Lewis says this wasn’t the case.

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“Maradona has not gone to hospital. He was treated here at the Zenit Arena in the medical centre for a 'blood pressure-related issue’,” Lewis claimed.

"He is said to be fine at the moment."

Images of Maradona, reportedly feeling well after he was treated, surfaced on social media late on Tuesday.

That’s good to see.

The pressure will only increase in the knockout rounds so Maradona may want to take it easy from here.

Argentina take on France on Saturday for a place in the quarter-final.

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Topics:
Diego Maradona
Football
Nigeria Football
Javier Mascherano
Marcos Rojo
Argentina Football
Lionel Messi
World Cup

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