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Iwobi, Iheanacho On Target As Super Eagles Stun Argentina

Iwobi, Iheanacho On Target As Super Eagles Stun Argentina

By James Agberebi:
The Super Eagles came from 2-0 down to beat Argentina 4-2 in Tuesday’s international friendly game in Krasnodar, Russia. A brace from Alex Iwobi and a goal each from debutant Bryan Idowu, who came on as a substitute, and Kelechi Iheanacho, who also bagged two assists, secured the impressive win for the Eagles.

Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero were the scorers for Argentina who had the upper hand in the first half.


Young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho also made his debut for the Eagles.

The win is Nigeria’s second in eight meetings against Argentina who have five wins.

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Argentina had the first chance in the fifth minute through Paulo Dybala but he was charged down by the Nigerian defence, preventing him from having a clean strike.

In the 21st minute, Angel Di Maria burst towards the Nigerian box but William Troost-Ekong made a timely block.

A minute later, SergioAguero should have opened the scoring but he was closed down.

Argentina’s pressure eventually paid off through Banega who curled in a superb free-kick after Akpeyi’s error. The Chippa United goalkeeper dropped the ball without pressure outside the Nigeria box and picked it up again still outside the box with Aguero bearing down on him, therefore giving away a needless free-kick in a dangerous area.

Akpeyi made up for his earlier error as he came out quickly to block a goal-bound shot following a breakaway by the Argentines, who were having the upper hand at that point.

In the 36th minute, Argentina doubled their lead after Aguero finished off a quick counter.

With just one minute left in the first half Iheanacho pulled a goal back for the Super Eagles with a brilliant free-kick which went over the Argentina wall.

The Eagles almost equalised in added time but Wilfred Ndidi’s low left-foot shot was well saved by the Argentine keeper Agustin Marchesin.

The Super Eagles were back on level terms in the 52nd minute as Iwobi hit a low shot into the bottom right corner off Iheanacho’s pass.

Two minutes later, Idowu made it 3-2 for the Eagles off another assist from Iheanacho.

In the 68th minute Argentina should have equalised but Enzo Perez’s header went just wide off target.

The Eagles went 4-2 up on 74 minutes through Iwobi for his second of the game off substitute Ahmed Musa’s pass as he nutmegged Javier Maschero before shooting past the prone Marchesin.

Ndidi should have extended the Eagles’ lead from a corner only to see his effort go wide.

Argentina won a free-kick in a good position but substitute goalkeeper Francis Uzoho held his attempt well.

Uzoho was called to action on 84 minutes as he leaped to palm a goal bound header over the bar.

With one minute left Argentina got a free-kick but Banega hit his effort way over the bar.


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  • Kudos to the super eagles of Nigeria

  • gbosa 4 supper eagle

  • Keep on flying Eagles

  • Don’t let us be carried away with this victory and continue to improve. Though this win will boost the morale of the team. Wish u d brat in Russia

  • Congrats Super Eagles

  • Should we say we have gotten a new team we’ve been building after d likes of j.j,kanu,utaka etc

  • Yes this are real talented footballer of Nigeria

  • good wark,keep on

  • Where are the south africans? 😉 B-) 😛

  • Up super eagles

  • I said it that thsee boys are gonna lift 2019 world cup if they continue like this .Rohr is good , bringing in Tyronne Ogbuehi and Brian Idowu was a good brainer!..Tyronne is Good , the wing is his now , highly exceptional and far better than the rest for that right wing.Brain also show hunger for goals and purposeful….with more bonding and friendly matches , these chaps can lift the world cup .Finally Akpeyi should be drop from the team , we have seen enough of his goal keeping errors, Uzoho is the goal keeper to take us to the world cup !!…congratulations our darling Super Eagles for making us proud , at least we have reduced Argentina defeat deficit. I know they will be looking for a revenge but bring them on come Russia 2019 world cup !!

  • Ebuehi,has what it takes in that right full back position,great job boys

  • EBUEHI (17) is good in dat rightful back. Weldon eagles

  • Ebuehi has already book his place in the next year Russia World Cup. Good work

  • Iwobi is my man of the match. Izoho is our number 1 goalkeeper from now hence forth. Brian Idowo has come to stay… I’m so happy for this guy on his debut,with a goal in his country of birth. Ebuehi will take over from Shehu because with the way he play today, I pity Shehu. Ogu is solid, no Onazi.

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    I said earlier on this platform that minus Messi, Argentina and Nigeria are even. But today, we were better. Akpeyi should not ne invited again. That guy is a big flop.

  • Great team work….Good display….Always fighting for each other…..I can’t believe super eagle can be extraordinary.Kudos boys!

  • Tgrace 4 years ago

    Bring on England and Brazil and they will be likw Argentina

  • MIRACLE of the month!!!

  • Argentina should know better… we didn’t get enof respect from them and we showed them we are a footballing nation

  • Good tactics from Rohr,but still have to work on some things. Akpeyi flopped a little but Uzoho looks better choice for me, Ebuehi at right back impressed me a real number 10 is needed Mikel is good but we need someone a different fast to link with the youthfull attackers upfront.

  • Eagles will rise in FIFA ranking

  • Good one my boys I think with this spirit Nigeria can carry world cup even germany can not stop us no more big names now because we fear no evil

  • Which club is obuehi playing I think he is one of the best 2 in the world like cavajal of realmadrid

  • kudos to u super eaglet

  • What a drama can’t believe what I see Nigeria when u put hope their Mass up with it but los hope they will give you hope nice one today tomorrow more

  • ado den hag in dutch leaque. the guy is really good.I think Sehu Abdullahi can not stop him right now

  • Who is the man of the match

  • Truly that Ebuhe is a baller.I think is a borne natural right back compare to all those we av been parading. The guy is very cool and calm and full of confidence..

  • What a great revelation! Rohr has tactical acumen. Ebuehi, Uzoho and Idowu should be integrated into the team.

    Argentina treated us with disdain, hording off Messi and believing that the other players can do the job against ‘lowly’ Super Eagles. Now they know the truth.

  • a good team boasts of quality players on the pitch and on the reserve bench.im very worried for Ola Aina not because he didnt play well but because he was not tried in his usual position thus giving ebouehi and shehu head start for the right full back position. with the emergence of Bryan Idowu at the left full back position,Aina has an uphill battle to be in Russia.Barring any catastrophic lose in form,Ogu has cemented his squad place to Russia. Mikel is our engine room that opens our play. without him, we will be running without direction. 3-5-2 seems a solid formation that can finally unleash the beastly attack we possess.Musa still has a role to play.From the algerian game we won till now,amounting to 6 games,he has provided 4-assists.Precise! Uzoho looks very assured while Daniel just played his testimonial march. Balogun is solid BUT lacks ball playing skills. Eagles are gradually taking shape. Alot needs to be done but we will get there. DARE DREAM.

    • Paschal 4 years ago

      So right. I like ur analysis. Keep it up brother. Thank God there are two slots for each position. I suggest Echiejile and Akpeyi should be dropped permanently so we can have Aina and Uzoho taking their places. Ebuehi and Shehu as permanent right back while Idowu and Aina become permanent left full backs. God bless Nigeria.


  • Kudos to all this boys….. Don’t tell that messi is not play remember that Moses is not play also ……. Keep it up boys.

  • unbelievable, super eagles of nigeria stun argentina 4:2.

  • Ogunmola rasheed 4 years ago

    No moses no igalo onazi is not there wonderful

  • super eagles were more of 2nd eleven and they outshined starstooded argentine.we re on the right track

  • Believe me we don’t Akpeyi to man the post,good job super eagles.

  • We don’t need Akpeyi in the post

  • Onimsi 4 years ago

    Players born outside Nigeria will always be an integral part of our team. As our local players aren’t good enough. They do not improve over time. Bryan idowu borr in st Petersburg Russia, was a tank yesterday. Tyrone ebuehi was awesome, uzoho impressive. Our team is taking shape

  • I have said before, that Akpeyi is always shaking and trembling when in goal for Super Eagles. Yesterday, he once again confirmed my belief. He might be talented, but lack of confidence is his bane. I therefore suggest we go with Uzoho, expose him to more friendly matches for him to gel and blend with the team. Goal keepers are better when tall. Confidence is also important. So, nobody should talk about Enyeama…..unless he will come as 2nd or third keeper. Also, Ebuehi did so well. I think he should replace Shehu. Finally, it looks like Echiejile won’t have any space again in that team!!

  • ujah isaiah 4 years ago

    Messi run away because of the big game against Nigeria
    Aguero was collapse three times because of the big game against Nigeria
    Macherano got missed after the 4th goal.
    Thanks super eagle
    Thanks Nigeria for your support