Nigeria vs Argentina (LIVE UPDATES): Eagles to decide own fate

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Super Eagles of Nigeria (Photo Credit: Reuters)

It is Argentina versus Nigeria for the third consecutive FIFA World Cup and the match has great consequences. Will Argentina confirm her superiority over Nigeria or will the Eagles write a new chapter of their World Cup history?

A win for the Super Eagles guarantees a round of 16 spot while a win for La Albiceleste would only take them through if the result in the game between Croatia and Iceland ends in a victory or a draw for Croatia.

Nigeria, the youngest squad at Russia 2018 is up against an ageing Argentina squad led by arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi. When they met in 1994, it was the cunning Claudio Cannigia that made the difference though the 2-1 result did not deter the Eagles from qualifying from their group.

Last time out, Messi scored two goals in the 3-2 win, in which Ahmed Musa also scored a brace. The Eagles are looking to get one over Argentina for the very first time in a World Cup and a victory in a side in which Messi plays.

Gernot Rohr is expected to stay with the 11 that started against Iceland while Jorge Sampaoli is expected to ring the changes.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live updates from Saint Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kickoff is 7 p.m.


NIGERIA TEAM NEWS
STARTING XI: Uzoho; Idowu, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo; Etebo, Ndidi; Moses, Mikel, Musa; Iheanacho

SUBS: Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Echiejile, Ighalo, Shehu, Nwankwo, Obi, Onazi, Iwobi, Ogu, Awaziem, Ebuehi


ARGENTINA TEAM NEWS
STARTING XI: Armani; Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Banega; Perez, Messi, Di Maria; Higuain

SUBS: Aguero, Lo Celso Dybala, Pavon, Caballero, Guzman, Ansaldi, Biglia, Fazio, Acuna, Meza, Salvio


Argentina fans clearly outnumber those of Nigeria in the stadium. But Nigerian supporters will hope that does not affect the team.


The anthems of the two countries have been sung in the stadium and the teams are on the pitch.


Nigeria get the game underway in st Petersburg


Argentina dominating the early exchanges with fluid passing


First throwing for Nigeria


Brain Idowu gives away the ball easily in the Argentina half


Among the large number of fans in the stands is Lionel Messi’s wife who arrived today in Russia


Messi wins a free kick for Argentina after a tackle by Mikel


Benaga.. Argentina full back with the first shot at goal but off target


Shot.. long range effort by Musa goes over the bar


Throw in for Nigeria near the corner flank


Messi tries to wriggle his way through the Nigeria defense but the Eagles make a clearance


A lot of pressure coming on Nigeria but the Eagles have not started badly


In the other game.. it is still Croatia 0-0 Iceland
. That’s good for Nigeria


Iheanacho fumbles with ball


GOAL!! Lionel Messi gives Argentina the lead


Messi scored twice against Nigeria at the last World Cup. Hope he doesn’t do same tonight


Omeruo can’t stop the Argentine captain as he nets his 65th international goal


St. Petersburg is the 100th city Messi will be scoring for both club and country


First corner kick for Nigeria


Etebo gets a stern warning for dissent after being adjuged to foul De Maria


Nigeria win a throw in as we pass the half way mark in the first half


Messi again. But Uzoho.makes a brave safe.. appears injured though


Uzoho back on and the game resumes


Ndidi makes a cool interception


Yellow card for Nigeria as Leon Balogun makes a desperate tackle on Di Maria


Free kick for Argentina from 20 yards


Messi takes it and Uzoho makes a save


Etebo wins a free kick for Nigeria


Moses charged to.the floor and referee says play on


Benaga brings down Ndidi and Nigeria get a free kick


Etebo fires wide from outside the box


Shout for penalty as Iheanacho gets the boot to his head


Referee waved the call aside


Two minutes added time


Free kick for Nigeria but no card for Argentina


Half Time Nigeria 0-1 Argentina


Argentina get the second half underway


Ighalo in for Nigeria


Corner kick for Nigeria againai


Penalty kick for Nigeria


Mascheramo adjudged to bring Balogun down


GOAL!! VictorMoses


Ighalo wins a free kick for Nigeria


Croatia leading Iceland 1-0.. that is Cool for Nigeria


Close… Ahmed Musa finds his way to the Argentina box but his final pass intercepted


Pavon in for Perez as Argentina make first change


Pavon already provinghis worth as Argentina win a corner kick


Argentina clearly dominating with 63% ball possession compared to Nigeria’s 37%


This has been an absorbing contest that can go anyway


Yellow card for Banega after a foul on Ndidi


Uzoho makes an easy catch


Shot!! NDIDI tries one and goes inches over the bar


Miss by Ighalo.. but Nigeria seems to have won a penalty


VAR .. Referee says no penalty


Taglafico out for Aguero


Higuain with a chance but over the bar and Maradona in stabds expresses grief


Respite for Nigeria as Eagles win a Free kick


Ighalo fails to bury another chance


Etebo takes the free but side netting


Argentina back in front


They have done it four Times…


Super Eagles crash out of World Cup















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