Nigeria Stun Argentina In Russia Friendly
In what analysts said may be a dress rehearsal for Nigeria’s performance in next year’s Russia World Cup, the Super Eagles stunned football superpowers Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly played in Russia.
In the match played in the Russian city of Krasnodar, the Super Eagles fought back from two goals down to win.
The South Americans went ahead through Spain-based Ever Banega who scored from a free kick after 28 minutes.
Manchester City’s high-scoring forward, Sergio Aguero, extended their lead in the 37th minute.
Aguero’s former teammate, Kelechi Iheanacho, put Nigerian o0n the score sheet seven minutes later after scoring from a free-kick, for the scoreline at half-time to look 2-1 in favour of Argentina.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho were superb on the attack.
The Eagles came back in the second half even more determined and put three goals behind the Argentine goalie.
The Nigerian side made quick changes at the start of second half, bringing in Sylvester Ebuehi, Francis Uzoho and Brian Idowu going in for Shehu Abdullahi, Daniel Akpeyi and Ola Aina.
Four minutes after the restart, the changes seemed to have paid off as Alex Iwobi drew Nigeria level.
The Eagles continued to step on the throttle, and were soon rewarded when Idowu made it a glorious debut for himself with Nigeria’s third goal in the 53rd minute.
With the clock winding down, Iwobi made it a brace for himself to make it 4-2 in the 76th minute, after beating a defender off an Ahmed Musa pass. (NAN)