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Minute By Minute: Nigeria Vs Argentina

1 min- Argentina kick off
1 min- first free kick to Nigeria
3 min- GOAL for Argentina. Messi scores from a rebound with Di Maria attacking the Eagles defence
4 min- GOAL! Ahmed Musa equalises from fine placed-shot. 1-1.
8 min- Enyeama saves from Di Maria shot
10 min- Onazi breaks Argentina attack but pass too long for Emenike
13 min- Kenneth Omeruo thwarts a dangerous move with a clearance
16 min- Mikel intercepts a Messi move but Argentina eventually win a corner
23 min- Oshaniwa fouled by Gago but no Eagles’ free kick.
26 min- Odemwingie shoots high, way off target
28 min- Osaze forces Messi to lose ball; Nigerian goal kick
29 min- Di Maria launches another piledriver; Enyeama pushes it out for a corner. Rojo claims a Yobo foul but no penalty for Argentina.
32 min- Aguero’s shot deflects off Oshaniwa for a corner. Higuain fouls Enyeama in the heat of the action
35 min- Emenike wins a free kick, fouled by Mascherano. Injury concern for Aguero as Lavezzi is being prepared to substitute the Man City striker. Substitute effected.
38 min- Corner for Argentina. Enyeama fails to pluck the ball, spills it for another corner.
44 min- Omeruo brings down Messi. Free kick by Messi who scores from his deceptive free kick. GOAL. Argentina 2, Nigeria 1.
45 min- End of first half with two minutes added
45 min- Nigeria re-start. Wins throw in
49 min- Di Maria’s shot tipped over by Enyeama for corner. Rojo scores from the corner, ball coming off his knee
50 min- Oshaniwa fouls Lavezzi, booked
57 min- Messi takes Argentina’s 8th corner, none yet to Nigeria
60 min- Omeruo marks Messi who is forced to play out the ball. Nigeria’s corner, their first of thr game.
61 min- Omeruo works hard again, puts ball out from Argentina counter; corner for the South Americans. Ricardo Alvarez replaces Messi.
63 min- Babatunde Michael being attended to by the medics. Uchebo to replace Michael as Babatunde is stretched out injured
72 min- Argentina string some passes but all come to nothing.
73 min- Osaze wins a corner for Nigeria. Musa blasts wide but commendable effort
Onazi brings down Fernandez, free kick. Corner for the Argies
79 min- Ezekiel Garay’s header goes off target but poor marking. Osaze replaced by Uche Nwofor
80 min- Mikel’s cross deflected for corner
84 min- Emenike shoots but ball goes out off target
86 min- Di Maria thwarted by Enyeama. Great save
87 min- Ambrose’s shot wins the Eagles a corner. Lucas Biglia comes in for Gonzalo Higuain.
90 min- Nigeria lose 3-2 to Argentina but finish behind the South Americans in Group F to qualify for the Round of 16.

Now that the Super Eagles have reached the Round of 16 stages, do you think they have a team good enough to reach the quarter finals?

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  • Yes, we do have a team good enough to reach the quarter finals. I know we are meeting France, a very tough side. But this is football, and in a game of football anything can happen.