From Mumini Alao in Port Alegre:
Argentina coach, Alejandro Sabella has described the Albiceleste’s 3-2 win over Nigeria in their last Group F match on Wednesday as a pleasant victory without much difficulty.
The former world champions completed a treble win to top Group F, and will square up with Group E’s second placed team in São Paulo in the Round of 16.
“We are happy with the victory. We didn’t suffer too much in this game because Nigeria allow you to play with the ball,” Sabella savours Argentina’s third consecutive victory in Brazil.
“We had lots of possibilities and opportunities to score many goals, so I’m happy we scored three goals.
“I’m not too worried by Nigeria’s two goals against our defence. They have very fast players and they took advantage of their few opportunities. But overall, I think we had an improved performance. They appeared to press us more on the second half because they were desperate to equalize, but we kept things under control.”
Sabella also explains the substitution of his talismanic striker and captain after scoring a brace against the Super Eagles.
“We agreed with Lionel Messi before the match that he would be substituted. He is our best player, and we needed to rest him for the next round,” he states.