The Super Eagles will be attempting to give a glimpse of what they can offer going to the World Cup when they take on the Argentine national team in a high profile friendly on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia.
The Super Eagles have persistently had it rough against the two-time world champions, managing just one win in all meetings since 1994.
The Coach Genort Rohr-tutored side are keen to halt the dominance of the Argentines and they are ready to match them pound for pound.
In their respective last outings, the Super Eagles were forced to a 1-1 by Algeria while Argentina squeezed out a lone goal win over world cup hosts, Russia, over the weekend.
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Kickoff is 5.30pm at the Krasnodar Stadium
Super Eagles Starting XI
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has opted for a 3-5-2 formation.
He is deploring Nantes defender Chidozie Awaziem in a three-man central defence alongside Leon Balogun and William Troost Ekong.
Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi is back in goal for the Super Eagles after missing the last four games, with the pair of Ola Aina and Shehu Abdullahi playing as wing-backs.
In midfield, captain Mikel Obi will play alongside John Ogu and Leicester City’s combative midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in midfield.
Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho are leading the Super Eagles attack.
Super Eagles X1:
Defenders: Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem
Miedflers Abdullahi, Mikel, Ndidi, Ogu, Aina
Forwards: Iheanacho, Iwobi
Kick off. Match starts.
Argentina dictating the pace presently
Aguero troubling the Nigeria defence but Awaziem and Aina have kept in check so far
The set-piece comes in and Leon Balogun clears, but the ball looks to have struck the defender right on the top of the head. He’s down receiving treatment.
The cross comes in again – the corner taken short to Dybala first – but Nigeria clear with ease.
Rough one form Iheanacho… Otamendi is not at all happy with Iheanacho, his former Manchester City team-mate.
Yellow card Kelechi Iheanacho
Otamendi looks to be able to continue.
CHANCE: Pavon is picked out and crosses first-time on the volley from the right. Di Maria misses his kick and Chidozie Awaziem then vitally intercepts in front of Aguero. Both Di Maria and Aguero rue the miss
Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi fumbles with the ball. Freekick on the edge of the area for Argentina.
Banega scores for Argentina.
They lead 1-0.
Aguero makes it two for Argentina.
Di Maria and Aguero combine before Giovani Lo Celso wastefully crosses behind. Argentina looking for the second goal
It is looking like Awaziem have picked up a knock in a challenge with Aguero in that attack and he receives treatment before the game continues.
GOAL! Argentina makes it two and it’s Aguero! He is left with the simplest of finishes in front of goal. .
Aguero also scored in the last game against Russia…. The Eagles now see that much work need to be done
Two-time world champions Argentina are running the show here and Nigeria have struggled to keep them in check since falling behind. This is looking more like a one-way traffic.
Very little to cheer for the Super Eagles in the first 45 minutes.. can they do any better in the second half
Ola Aina fouls Dybala and concedes a free kick
A free-kick to Nigeria right on the edge of the area… Mikel’s lay-off to Iwobi was a poor one, but Mascherano’s foul on the Arsenal man sees the referee bring playback.
Nigeria score. Beautiful freekick by Iheanacho. Iwobi was brought down outside the box.
Iheanacho curls the free-kick over the wall and Agustin Marchesin can only help the shot into the top corner.
HALF-TIME: Argentina 2 Nigeria 1.
A good game as expected… A horrific Akpeyi error gifted the Argentines the first goal with the first effort of note on 27 minutes, Banega firing a free-kick into the corner. Aguero added a second, but Nigeria have a goal of their own now through Iheanacho and it was indeed a good goal
Second half resumes
SUB! Ola Aina, the opposite wing-back, is also off as Brian Idowu comes
Also Shehu was injured in the first half and has given way for Tyronne Ebuehi
The two defenders coming in are making their competitive debuts for Nigeria
GOAL!! Iwobi levels up for Nigeria.
Iheanacho with the assist
GOAL >> Nigeria takes the lead
2-3 Nigeria leads
Idowu scores on his debut.
Idowu gets the goal, calmly curling into the corner from Iheanacho’s lay-off. What a start to the second half this has been. 2-3.
Iheanacho has been at the centre of everything – good and bad – today, providing another assist here
Argentina coach makes a substitution Giovani Lo Celso Alejandro out for Darío Gómez
The Argentina keeper, Marchesin saves off an effort from Iheanacho
Substitution for Nigeria Omeruo comes In while Leon Balogun goes out
Dybala bows out now as veteran Fernando Belluschi is introduced for Argentina
Otamendi checkmates Iheanacho as he makes a dashing run into the Argentina box again
Argentina have 62% of ball possession while Nigeria has 38%
Corner to Argentina as Omeruo clumsily chests Di Maria’s cross behind…
The referee has a word with Argentina coach Sampaoli, who is marching up and down the touchline and seems to be going beyond his technical area.
Substitution for Nigeria Iheanacho out, Musa In.
Remember Musa scored a brace the last time Nigeria met with Argentina at the world cup
Goal!!!! Iwobi Again
New entrant ..Ahmed Musa provides the assist
CHANCE! That could have been five! Ndidi meets Mikel’s delivery and nods wide. Nigeria are simply cruising here
SAVE! Uzoho is properly tested now! Benedetto rises to nod on target, but the goalkeeper is alert to touch the ball over the top.
Iwobi is offside as he takes a short corner with Musa. And that looks to be the Arsenal man’s last action…
Kayode Olarenwaju takes the place of Iwobi
Musa fouls Perez and Argentina have a free-kick in a dangerous area.
Banega cannot replicate his earlier effort. The shot flies over the crossbar. That should represent the end of Argentina’s hopes in this game
FULL-TIME: Argentina 2 Nigeria 4
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