ARGENTINA 5-2 NIGERIA: Super Eagles Seek First Competitive Win Over Familiar Foes

ARGENTINA 5-2 NIGERIA: Super Eagles Seek First Competitive Win Over Familiar Foes

Ahead of Tuesday’s all-important Group D clash of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup between Nigeria and Argentina , Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI reviews how both teams have fared against each other in past encounters…

ARGENTINA 2-1 NIGERIA (USA 1994 World Cup: Group Stage)

Nigeria and Argentina’s first ever encounter was at the USA 1994 World Cup in their second group game.

Going into the game, Nigeria had thrashed Bulgaria 3-0 while Argentina had swept aside Greece 4-0.

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But it was Argentina that emerged victorious winning 2-1 following a brace from Claudio Cannigia despite Samson Siasia giving Nigeria the lead.


After their encounter at the 1994 World Cup, Nigeria and Argentina squared off again this time in the group stage of the 1995 Confederation Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Drawn with Nigeria and Argentina in Group B of the 1995 Confederation Cup were Japan.

While Nigeria beat Japan 3-0, Argentina also secured a win against the Asians, trouncing them 5-1.

And in the decider between Nigeria and Argentina, the game ended 0-0 with the South Americans eventually progressing to the final where they lost 2-0 to Denmark.

ARGENTINA 1-0 NIGERIA (Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup: Group Stage)

Nigeria and Argentina were drawn again in the same group at the 2002 World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.

Also in the group, which was described as the Group of Death, were England and Sweden.

In their first game of the group, Argentina pipped Nigeria 1-0 thanks to a Gabriel Batistuta goal.

Despite the result, both Nigeria and Argentina crashed out in the group stage while England and Sweden progressed to the round of 16.

ARGENTINA 1-0 NIGERIA (South Africa 2010 World Cup: Group Stage)

For the third straight time, Nigeria were drawn in the same World Cup group with Argentina, this time at the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa.

Aside from Nigeria and Argentina, Greece and South Korea were also in the group.

And just like at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, Argentina emerged winners with Gabriel Heinze getting on the score sheet in a 1-0 win.

While Argentina and South Korea advanced to the knockout stage, Nigeria and Greece were eliminated.

NIGERIA 4-1 ARGENTINA ( International Friendly: 2011)

Nigeria eventually secured their first win against Argentina which was a friendly game inside the Abuja National Stadium in 2011.

Goals from Ikechukwu Uche (brace), Obinna Nsofor and Emmanuel Emenike, gave Nigeria a 4-1 win.

Argentina’s goal was scored by Mauro Boselli from the penalty spot.

ARGENTINA 3-1 NIGERIA (International Friendly: 2011)

After suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Nigeria, Argentina got their pound of flesh in another friendly that also took place in 2011 this time in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In their second friendly meeting, Argentina ran out 3-1 with goals from Gonzalo Higuian, Angel Di Maria and an own goal from Elderson Echiejile.

Nigeria’s goal was scored by Chinedu Obasi early in the second which brought the score to 2-1.

ARGENTINA 3-2 NIGERIA (Brazil 2014 World Cup: Group Stage)

Nigeria and Argentina resumed their hostilities at the World Cup as they were drawn together in the same group at the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil.

Once again Argentina were victorious, winning 3-2 with their goals coming from Lionel Messi (brace) and Marcos Rojo while Ahmed Musa got Nigeria’s two goals.

The loss to Argentina did not affect Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the round of 16 as they alongside Argentina advanced while Iran and debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina crashed out.

NIGERIA 4-2 ARGENTINA (International Friendly: 2017)

The last time both Nigeria and Argentina met was in a friendly game which took place in Russia in 2017.

Argentina raced to a 2-0 lead following goals from Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero.

But Nigeria stormed back to win the game 4-2 with goals coming from Bryan Idowu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, who bagged a brace.

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  • argenteans are scare stiff nigeria will take advantage of the psychological trauma the argenteans are going through and inflict damage

  • Maccollins Njoku 3 years ago

    Skippo, Revengea is best served chilled, we are solidly behind you in this revenge mission and there is no better than now. 2005, I remember like yesterday, you were the undisputed king of the U-20 world but as he (messi) was graciously aided by the man at the center Tom Ovrebo stole the light from you and as the say that is history. you and your fellow comrade have a better opportunity to serve messi a bitter ‘ made in St Petersburg Erujeje’ which will not only send them parking but also grant one the finest footballer of this generation the retirement due him. best of luck my darling super Eagles. And what a way to put icing on the cake if our skippo ( Mikel) grab a goal in this context. Naija All The Way!

    • Argentina will lost the game because Nigeria are determined to get there.Argentian 2-Nigeria 3,just like u-20 in 2005.Nigeria stand up for celebration.

    • Argentina will lost the game because of lack of concentration and Nigeria are determined to represent the africa country.Nigeria stand up for celebration.Argentina 2-3 Nigeria

  • Welll this should be in the past. Now we can say enough is enough . Our players are smarter , younger and tactical apart from mistakes inside 18 yard box where we really need to be more careful. If super eagles learn from Croatia and Iceland how they were able to frustrate messi and other players , we can also do same . Approach d game with confidence and winning mentality . Until the final whitsle, don’t give chances to set pieces , penalty or close to box free kick. As we talking now , Argentina ex best players have the whole team to motivate them just like Kanu did before Iceland game. So they have lots of motivation now . Even inspiration from Germany against Sweden. We must beat Argentina this time . Use 2 strikers up and defend very very well. Once again Argentina must fall today at St. Petersburg .