NIGERIA 2 – 3 ARGENTINA
The Nigerians put up a good fight in this game. In fact I would go far as to say they played their best football of the tournament in this game. Considering that they had only played in a goalless draw and a close 1-0 win prior to this game, they really exceeded all expectations i had of them against Argentina. They might not have draw or won this game, but Messi (4 time Ballon Do’r winner) was mostly to blame for their defeat and not the Africans themselves as they tried their best against a world class side who are expected to be contending to win the whole tournament.
The first goal would come after only three minutes played as Messi struck in a powerful shot to give Argentina an early 1-0 lead. However Ahmed Musa would equalize only one minute later as the Nigerian would score the first of two goals for his country.
Argentina would lead once more as Lionel Messi would score a spectacular goal as a direct free kick was accurately place to the far right corner of the goal, bending beyond the reach of the Nigerian goalkeeper. The half time whistle would blow soon afer this goal but it wasn’t all over yet.
Ahmed Musa would add a second for the Nigerians early on in the second half (47 minutes) to make it 2-2 and Nigeria looked dangerous enough to either force a 2-2 draw or perhaps even get a 3-2 win.
It was a thrilling game with end to end football where anyone could score at any time and saw five goals eventually, with Argentina having trouble to get all three points as Nigeria fought to the very end.
It would be Marcus Rojo who got the final goal of the game and stole all three points for Argentina as he knocked in a corner with his knee, in the 50th minute.
Nigeria would not win this game but the previous 4 points they got from a win and a draw gave the Nigerians enough to get into the last 16. WELL DONE NIGERIA!
KEY PLAYERS: Ahmed Musa scored twice in one game – an achievement which none of the England squad (or several other teams) could achieve.
Lionel Messi was on form as he scored twice, helping his country to a win.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.