GO BIG OR GO HOME: 5 Mistakes Super Eagles Must Avoid Vs Argentina

GO BIG OR GO HOME: 5 Mistakes Super Eagles Must Avoid Vs Argentina

With the Super Eagles set to face Argentina  in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup  Group D fixture at the Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg on Tuesday, Completesportsnigeria. com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU recommends five things the Super Eagles must do away with in the encounter…


The Super Eagles have been notorious for their slow starts in their recent outings which has cost them dearly. In the 2-1 friendly defeat against England at the Wembley Stadium last  month, Gernot Rohr’s men were completely outplayed by their hosts in the first half and managed to pull a goal back after conceding twice before the break.
They didn’t get going early enough in their next game  against Czech Republic in Vienna and lost 1-0.
Against, Iceland at the Volgograd Arena last Friday, the Super Eagles only woke up from their slumber after the break following a shambolic first half display.
With the stakes much higher now against an Argentina team that have the prodigiously talented  Lionel Messi in their ranks and who are desperate to progress into the knock out stages, the Super Eagles cannot afford any slip up from the start.


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Argentina have  a  great reputation as one of the biggest footballing nations in the world but have failed to live up to that at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after securing just one point from two games.
Iceland showed they are not invincible even with the presence of Lionel Messi and took a point off them while Croatia exposed their vulnerability by handing them a 3-0 hammering.
The Super Eagles must play with boldness against the Albiceleste  and not give them too much respect.


The Super Eagles sit in second position in Group D with three points and a draw against Jorge Sampaoli’s men might just be enough to see them progress into the next round depending on the outcome of the game between Iceland and Croatia.
Croatia coach, Jorge Sampaoli, has hinted that he will play a  second string side in the other group game against Iceland, a wake up call for the Super Eagles to give their all and go all out for a win against Argentina.
So, they must be positive in their approach from the start and take the game to the Argentines.


The 2-0 win against Iceland was no doubt a big lift for the team and that superb second half performance showed the quality of players at the coach’s disposal but they need to forget that game and focus on the task at hand.
The stakes are higher this time around and Argentina also have more quality players compared to Iceland. La Albiceleste’s pride and reputation is on the line and they will give everything to regain their lost pride especially after that battering at the hands of Croatia.
The Super Eagles must realise what is at stake and focus entirely on the game and not throw away everything after putting in so much in the last game.


Argentina will no doubt employ all the tricks in the book to win this game and the Super Eagles must be wary of that. The Albiceleste have one of the deadliest set piece specialists  in Lionel Messi in their team. So, it is imperative for the Super Eagles not to play into their hands by conceding needless fouls around the box

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  • Big Match Preview

    Never in the field of sporting endeavours has so much been expected by so many from so few.

    Millions of Super Eagles fans at home and abroad are expected the SE class of 2018 to do what no other Super Eagles team have done in the history world cup – defeat former world cup champions Argentina.

    According to Google, Argentina have a win probability of 62% while Nigeria has 17% and a draw probability set at 21%. Even when you add the win and draw probability, Nigeria will still have a combined probability of 38% to get a positive result needed to make progress in the tournament.

    So, what tips do I have for my dear Super Eagles in order to spring the odds in our favour?

    – Be mindful that Argentina will try to draw fouls in dangerous areas; do not commit needless fouls.

    – I will have no problem if Victor Moses tries to win fouls for Nigeria with Iheanacho on hand to convert.

    – Continue to be a resolute side.

    – Defend set pieces as if their lives depend on it.

    – Not fall for Argentina’s in-play mind games.

    – Defend en-masse and attack with style and with pace.

    – lDeploy annoying shenanigans like, time-wastings, if Nigeria is leading.

    – Finally: have the mentality/mind-set that NIGERIA CAN DEFEAT ARGENTINA AT THE WORLD CUP!

    • Julius . E. Ibeneme 3 years ago

      Today Na Today. A very tough match ooh. our fine Black army must not agree to die today. Attack attack attack.WARNING, “play too much defensive ball and too much of back passes and loose to that merciless boy’, Nigeria 2 Argentina 1.

  • CorporateMan 3 years ago

    Play high on the pitch and close them down quickly. If we play deep, they will finish us because we don’t have yhe defensive discipline of the Croatians. Take a second look at the video of our last friendly against them; we could learn a thing or two on how to beat them again.

  • venatus 3 years ago

    I wish my dear country all the very best… this match means alot to all Nigerians… I pray God gives us victory… I sincerely hope we win so I can wake up happy tomorrow morning…

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    “Go big or go home”. That is the best advice anyone can give to the SE right now. If they fail, no excuse will be acceptable.

    I wish the coach would read the above article Because he doesn’t seem to have a strong drive to make an impact in this World Cup. His mentality is questionable and he is communicating such mentality to the players. His utterances about the team being built for 2022 World Cup is not encouraging at all. It appears he just came to participate, not expecting to make much impact. God help us.

  • Another slow start expected as Mr Rohr releases is starting eleven…I hope eagles will not be several goals down before the second half…while growing up I learnt u don’t change a winning team. The team that played the second half against Iceland was near. Why rohr choose to start the ineffective idowu ahead of ebehi beats my imagination flat
    Eagles might lose this in the first half

  • eazypraise 3 years ago

    rhor, I understand that ur mental articulation for this team is for the feature 2022, Am sori to inform u that the man that form you know the best an have the best thing rhat would happen to this team, so therefore change ur mindset of 2022 an trust in God for the best an encourage them that God would help them as the put more effort. rhor you can deliver ride on man. up super eagles 2:1.my prediction.

    • Wow!
      I have been saying it here. Thank God somebody sees it.

      Nigeria 3: 0 Argentina

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    Good advice from Amosu. It is 11-11 men. The Argentina team is aged with an average age of 30. Run them out. U guess the temperature is up to 30°c. Advantage. This is a competition but they are not enemy. I believed the Argentina as a country will always support Nigeria if we are playing another team as we have become friends by virtue of always been paired in all the last 5 world cup. No name respect in this fa. Go and play your games. Wish you all the best.

  • Super eagles must be determine and must have superiority complex over the Argentina. Croatia only won us because of mistakes caused by us and not that Croatia were much more better than us.

    Prediction Nigeria 2 Arg 1.

  • Royal Concept 3 years ago

    Achilles the cat, the animal oracle for the 2018 World Cup, has predicted that Nigeria will beat Argentina in their final Group D match.
    The cat was presented with a choice of two bowls of food with Argentinian and Nigerian flags placed next to them, and Achilles preferred the latter one.

    Earlier, the congenitally deaf snow-white cat correctly predicted Russia’s wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Iran’s victory over Morocco and Brazil’s defeat of Costa Rica.

    The Group D game between two-time former champions Argentina and Nigeria will be held at the St. Petersburg Stadium at 04:00am tomorrow morning.

    Argentina go into the match knowing only a victory could see them through to the round of 16.

    • Chaksey 3 years ago

      @royal concept, you like COPY and PASTE too much. You should at least edited this write up to avoid being sued for plagiarism. The world is a global Village so even if you have to copy, put some kind of originality. Try to mix things up abeg.