14th November, 2017
Nigeria’s Super Eagles stunned the La Albiceleste of Argentina in a friendly match played this evening in Krasnodar, Russia by thrashing the Messi-less team by four goals to two.
Not to take anything away from the Super Eagles, this was a victory against a star-studded Argentinian team who were missing only Lionel Messi in their usual line-up.
The Argentinians had started the match in a blazing manner as expected by dominating the early stages which resulted in them getting the first goal in the 28th minute of the game through their diminutive striker Ever Banega who converted a well-taken free-kick.
Just eight minutes later, the Albiceleste doubled their lead through Sergio Aguero to make matters worse for the unsettled and jittery Super Eagles’ defence line.
The Nigerian side however gradually got back into the game as they got their acts together for once. They were then rewarded for their efforts as Kelechi Iheanacho slotted home a superlative free-kick to bring his side back into the game on the stroke of half-time and make the scores stand at 1 – 2 going into the second half.
If the Argentines had hoped to have an easy game, all of that changed quite early in the second half of the game as the Super Eagles came at them clearly seeking to even matters.
Their efforts paid off as Alex Iwobi brought Nigeria at par with the Argentines when he scored a very beautiful goal barely nine minutes after the resumption of hostilities as he slotted the ball into the South Americans’ net in the 54th minute.
As if that was not enough challenge for the Argentinian side, their situation got worse as the Super Eagles went ahead for the first time in the game with Brian Idowu scoring his team’s third goal in the 73rd minute.
The game was thereafter taken beyond Argentinia’s grip and hope as Alex Iwobi despite being crowded by three Argentinian defenders succeeded in slotting home his second goal of the game and the fourth for his team thereby sending the Nigerians in the stadium and those watching at home into a frenzy of jubilation.
This is surely a victory that will be remembered for a long time to come especially for the Nigerian side and its supporters from all over the world.