Wednesday, 25th June
Argentina in Porto Alegre.
In the final Group F matches, Nigeria take on Argentina in Porto
Alegre while Bosnia play Iran in Salvador.
Nigeria and Argentina have met at three previous World Cup Finals: USA 1994, Korea-Japan
2002 and South Africa 2010; with Argentina
winning all three games by one goal.
With qualification assured, Argentina could comfortably treat this
as an exhibition match.
It took less than three minutes for Lionel Messi to thank the travelling Argentinian fans
with a goal, after Angel di Maria's shot came back off the post.
One minute and twenty seconds after going behind, Nigeria were back in the game. A
wonderful finish inside the far past from Ahmed Musa.
Vincent Enyeama did well to save from a Lionel Messi free-kick,
curling over the wall and towards the top corner.
Enyeama couldn't get anywhere near Messi's next free-kick; another curler, but landing
Half-time: Nigeria 1 - Argentina 2
Nigeria couldn't afford to let any grip on this game fade away, in
case Iran scored two and beat Bosnia in Salvador.
And within three minutes of the restart, the Nigerians did just that; Ahmed Musa with
plenty of space to run through the two Argentinian central defenders.
Argentina wanted to win this for their huge support in Porto Alegre and pulled ahead
again; Marcos Rojo's goal encouraging the Argentina fans to up the volume.
Messi left the field, just after the hour; his work done for the day.
Final Score: Nigeria 2 - Argentina 3
0:1 - Lionel Messi (3 mins)
1:1 - Ahmed Musa (4 mins)
1:2 - Lionel Messi (45 mins)
2:2 - Ahmed Musa (47 mins)
2:3 - Marcos Rojo (50 mins)
1-Vincent Enyeama; 5-Efe Ambrose, 2-Joseph Yobo, 22-Kenneth Omeruo, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa;
17-Ogenyi Onazi, 10-John Obi Mikel, 18-Michel Babatunde; 8-Peter Odemwingie, 9-Emmanuel
Emenike, 7-Ahmed Musa.
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 17-Federico Fernandez, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 16-Marcos
Rojo; 5-Fernando Gago, 14-Javier Mascherano, 7-Angel di Maria; 10-Lionel Messi, 9-Gonzalo
Higuain, 20-Sergio Aguero.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli - Italy
2 yellow cards:
47 mins - Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria)
50 mins - Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria)
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