Their attacking options are incredible, but they will give teams a chance at the back as well. Argentina Vs Nigeria Friendly! Gabby Heinze's header proves enough - but spare a thought for Nigeria's magnificent goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Lionel Messi is denied another shot on goal by Sani Kaita after another one-two, this time with Diego Milito. Argentina face Nigeria shortly and will looking bounce back after a poor showing against Croatia. Argentina got their 2010 World Cup campaign off to a winning start and silenced some of their doubters with a dominant performance against Nigeria in Johannesburg. Nigeria had their chances, primarily down the left where makeshift Argentine right-back Jonas Gutierrez was often exposed, but forward Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi was wasteful. ", "Messi showed how good he is - every time he got the ball something happened. I’m Jonathan Stevenson, I’m in Johannesburg and about eight miles up the road, the World Cup’s about to get a little bit Messi…, Argentina: Romero, Gutierrez, Demichelis, Samuel, Heinze, Veron, Mascherano, Di Maria, Tevez, Messi, Higuain. Maradona was thrown out of the tournament by Fifa. Great movement. FT. Nigerian Super Eagles will battle against the Albiceleste of Argentina in a friendly game in Krasnodar, Russia, today 5:30pm After going through their World Cup qualifying phase unbeaten. All eyes, then, on two of the biggest superstars at this or indeed any World Cup – Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Andres Messi. They can't get the ball off Messi. Tevez waits and waits and tees up Lionel Messi, but he can only curl a left-foot shot wide from 16 yards. Couple more minutes to hold out and Diego Maradona has won his first World Cup game as a coach. Argentina have made a brilliant start and from a corner from their right, former Man Utd defender Gabriel Heinze produces a stunning diving header from the penalty spot into the top corner. It means there are chances, but they look too tired to take them.". 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Nigeria: Enyeama, Odiah, Yobo, Shittu, Taiwo, Kaita, Etuhu, Haruna, Obasi Ogbuke, Yakubu, Obinna. If you don’t know much about either team, why not check out our handy team guides on Argentina and Nigeria? South Korea's comfortable 2-0 win over Greece in Group B's other fixture on Saturday means the winner of next Thursday's match between them and Argentina will be in pole position to qualify for the last 16. ", From InfostradaLive: "Argentina have led at HT on 24 previous occasions at the World Cup. Lionel Messi bursts past three static Nigerian players on the left and passes into the box - but from six yards, Gonzalo Higuain can only side-foot wide. "I looked at the French last night and the relationship between the players and their manager was totally different to this, with Maradona and his players. The ball falls on the left of the area to Chinedu Obasi, but he drags a shot past the far post, much to the annoyance of the Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback. He plays a delightful one-two to get clean through on goal and yet again Vincent Enyeama rushes off his line to block the shot. Bolton's Danny Shittu and Joseph Yobo of Everton are the Nigeria defenders tasked with shackling Messi and co. Fulham's Dickson Etuhu plays in the centre of midfield, with Yobo's club team-mate Yakubu Aiyegbeni starting up front with Victor Obinna, meaning there is no place for either Nwankwo Kanu or Obefami Martins. The Nigerians have their right hands on their hearts, looking every bit as much like they mean business. Nigeria vs Tunisia Head-to-Head. The first 20 mins was excellent and some of Argentina's play has been wonderful. From dujek: "After the performances from France and Greece I'm looking forward to some real football. "Rustenburg's media centre is already filling up with only a little less than four hours to go to kick-off between England and the United States. "It was an impressive performance by Argentina, they controlled the game for long periods and could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up by half-time. He is replaced by the uncapped Franco Armani, who plays for River Plate. Decent position, this... After an eternity for the ref to sort the wall out, Juan Veron curls it harmlessly over the crossbar. But I think the brains of this Argentine side right now is probably [assistant boss] Carlos Bilardo.". Nigeria will qualify with a win over Argentina. Another corner is floated in from the Argentina right and Walter Samuel heads over. Argentina will also play out their life to beat Super eagles to order make up for the heavy defeat against Croatia. With a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, Argentina coach Diego Maradona has gone with a front three of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City. Unfortunately he is the only Nigerian who looks to have any sort of first touch! Argentina face Nigeria shortly and will looking bounce back after a poor showing against Croatia. They just come and go as they please, whether it's Messi, Veron, Tevez or whoever. However, If Iceland beat Croatia, then the Argentines can still qualify if they beat Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland. Moments later, Gonzalo Higuain forces another fine save from Vincent Enyeama. Maradona, wearing a dark grey suit, looks like a gangster with his earring and greying beard. While not quite the sum of their supremely talented parts, Diego Maradona's side were able to capitalise on the space fatally afforded them by their opponents to register a well-deserved victory, secured through a headed goal from Gabriel Heinze. Lionel Messi bursts past two Nigerian challenges and is brought down by Peter Odemwingie. Brilliant. Argentina have been dominant - but they still look susceptible at the back. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Must be the Jabulani ball... Nigeria have sent on Kala Uche on for Taye Taiwo, who picked up an injury taking that shot a few moments ago. That jacket will pop some buttons. Nairaland Forum / Entertainment / Sports / Argentina Vs Nigeria Friendly! Joseph Yobo sends a pass out to the left to Peter Odemwingie and he tees up Taye Taiwo who hits a daisy-cutting toe-poke from the left-hand corner of the 18-yard box, sending the ball flying inches wide of Sergio Romero's left-hand post. Hold on to your hats. Lionel Messi sends the ball wide to the right to Juan Veron and his low cross is met by an onrushing Messi, who can only clip wide of the far post with the outside of his left foot. Gutierrez at right-back - seriously? Good direct run from Oba Martins for Nigeria and he tees up Sani Kaita 25 yards out, only for the 24-year-old to blaze well over. How much must Lionel Messi want a goal to silence the doubters that remain? Argentina VS Nigeria for International Friendly Head to Head (H2H) statistics and match preview. ", From JP, NP and SL (40 kms from Rustenberg): "On way to Rustenberg currently - excitement mounting. Argentina creating quite a stir with some of their attacking play. Lionel Messi curls the free-kick miles over. Argentina send on Diego Milito for Gonzalo Higuain - happy birthday to Champions League hero Milito, who is 31 today. He's been waiting for this moment for the last 16 occasionally troubled years of his life. Moments later, Gonzalo Higuain forces another fine …

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