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How The Super Eagles Rated Against Argentina

How The Super Eagles Rated Against Argentina

Once again Vincent Enyeama proved why he is one of the best goal keepers at the on-going World Cup with superb saves which kept the score line respectable.

He did enough to stop the initial shot which came off him and hit the post but the defenders were slow to react as Messi smashed the ball home to open the scoring. Also made a smart save from a Messi free kick but couldn’t do anything for the second.


H continued from where he stopped in the first half but was once again let down by his defenders as the Argentines made it three from a corner kick (8/10)

Just like the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Efe Ambrose looked suspect from his right-back position as he was in no man’s land which led to the first goal for Argentina.

Struggled in large parts of the game as his usual forays upfront were absent in the game due to the pressure he was subjected to by the Argentines and needed Osaze Odemwingie to provide cover for him.

In the second half he had an opportunity to make it 3-3 when he found himself one-on-one with the Argentines keeper off a corner but his tame attempt went straight to the keeper. (5)

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Captain Joseph Yobo did his own fair share of defending as he worked his socks off to stabilize the defence which came under severe attack in the early part of the game.

Although he needed the young energetic Kenneth Omeruo alongside him as he was a little bit shaky when he is under pressure, his wealth of experience was still key in vital stages of the game as he made sure the team didn’t concede anymore.

He is likely to continue in the defence due to the absence of first choice Godfrey Oboabona who got injured in the game against Iran. (6)

The young defender put up another top performance just like he did in the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina as he made sure the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuian didn’t register their names on the score sheet.

He was full of energy as he ran, chased, harassed, tackled and never showed any nerve in spite of the world class forwards Argentina paraded in their ranks.

He should be a strong contender for one of the best young players of the tournament provided the Eagles progress further in Brazil. (7)

Juwon Oshaniwa seems to be growing into the tournament since the game against Iran as he put in a strong performance against a very strong Argentine front line.

He occasionally ventured forward to assist the attack but still did well enough not to forget his defensive duties as he was always tracking back when the team was under attack.

He also needs to always do the simple things by releasing the ball quickly when the team is on the offensive instead of holding on to it. He should tread with caution with his tackles as he was yellow-carded for a reckless challenge and also would have been sent off for diving into another which the referee decided to overlook (6)

Ahmed Musa had one of his best ever games for the Eagles since he made his debut as he provided width and threat and was also direct whenever he had the opportunity to run at the Argentines with Pablo Zabaleta at the receiving end.

He took his first goal nicely after receiving a pass from Michael Babatunde, cutting inside before letting fly a rocket which Romero only tipped into the net.

His second goal was a typical striker’s goal as he played a one-two with Emmanuel Emenike, breezed past the two central defenders, hesitated a second before sending the keeper the wrong way with a cool finish to make it 2-2. (8)

The young attacking midfielder was again given the nod by coach Stephen Keshi following his good performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina and didn’t disappoint as it was his breakaway and assist that led to the equalizer by Ahmed Musa.

He did his own share of defensive duties when the team was under the cosh but gave the ball away on several occasions instead of just passing to the nearest team-mate.

Was unfortunate to be stretchered off in the 65th minute of the second half in what looked like a fractured arm when an Ogenyi Onazi shot struck him and had to be replaced by Michael Uchebo (7)

The Eagles goal hero against Bosnia couldn’t replicate his man-of the-man display but still put in a decent enough performance to make sure the team progress into the round of 16 as he always made himself available for the ball.

Just like the previous game, he had to track back to provide assistance for Efe Ambrose who looked out of his depth, a situation which prevented him from making his impact felt in the attacking third of the Eagles.

Was eventually substituted by Uche Nwofor in the 80th minute but is expected to start in the knock out stage as he has once again proven his importance in the team. (6)

Despite his wealth of experience, Mikel Obi has failed to justify his inclusion in the team as he has not added anything in the team both in defence and in attack as he has continued to remain ineffective.

He was always guilty of slowing the team down when an attack was being launched, gave the ball away unnecessarily to the opponent and committed needless fouls in dangerous areas, putting the team in trouble.

He will have to show more seriousness and drive as he is yet to contribute anything meaningful since the commencement of the tournament. (4)

When he is not scoring, Emmanuel Emenike is always assisting and a lot of credit to him for his quick one-two with Musa which led to the equalizer for the Eagles.

Although he didn’t get enough opportunity at goal, he was a constant threat to the Argentine defence as he kept them always on their toes.

He deserves at least a goal in the tournament following his all-action style which has made the Eagles a threat going forward. (7)

He was every in the midfield as he made sure the Argentines felt his presence with strong tackles and even tried to create chances for the Eagles.

He was left with no support by midfield partner Mikel but was unfazed as he went about his business with spiritedly.

Unfortunately, it was his shot that led to the injury to team-mate Babatunde. (6)

Was brought on for the Babatunde as an emergency midfielder which he failed to execute as he wasn’t comfortable with the ball on his feet.

Never threatened the Argentine defence especially in set-piece situations despite being one of the tallest players on the pitch. (5)

Nwofor replaced Osaze in the 80th minute but didn’t do anything meaningful as he didn’t get any chance at goal. (4)

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  • He didn`t add anything since the tournament started but he won the man of the match against IRAN. Nigerians dont like this guy. i think it is high time he retires from international football. *Hiss*

  • nwachinaeke 8 years ago

    I commend our boys, lets encourage Keshi and his boys, they shall defeat France.

  • feco fanncy 8 years ago

    congrates to the coach steve and the boys for the spirit the put in pitch to fought one of the favourites to lift the cup.
    mr steve please for Gods sake i dont know what mikel is still doing in our team on till now, no contribution to the team, He was always guilty of slowing the team down when an attack was being launched,gave the ball away unnecessarily to the opponent and committed needless fouls in dangerous areas, putting the team in trouble, there are people who are willing and ready to play for honoura nd glory for their father land, people who have the zeal to play and unfortunately he is not among them at all. if nigeria will go further and pass the around of 16 stage please coach better drop him or esle we are on our way out.
    up super eagles!!!!! up nigeria…. go go go and get the cup for africa.

  • Oloyede Ayodele 8 years ago

    Me thinks Keshi should have brought him Ejike Uzoeyen for Babatunde to run at the Argentine defence instead of Uchebo and I think Nwafor would have made more impact had he been brought in earlier. Am backing Mikel to answer his critics (justified) in emphatic fashion by posting a stellar performance against France on Monday. He can do it! He should remember that he was the 2nd best player to Messi just under 10 years ago!

  • pls i want to know the reason why keshi always play this guy called uchebo,for that guy is not qualified to play in any club in nigeria not to talk of play in the national team not that he is playing in a friendly but in world cup pls i want to know yhe contract keshi has with this guy

  • welll welll all i no is nigeria we proced to quter fine no magic or magine FRA 1 _NIG 2 all i can say towas mikel, is d guy is good everyday and alltime let pray 4 all of them thax frm king