Nigeria progressed to the Round of 16 despite loosing 3-2 against Argentina at the Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre on Wednesday in the FIFA World Cup™. The match kicked off on the highest note as both teams scored inside the opening five minutes. Lionel Messi struck first in the third minute, feasting on a rebound after Angel Di Maria’s initial shot had cluttered the post. The Super Eagles made a quick response one minute and twenty seconds later with Ahmed Musa curling the ball past Sergio Romero.
From there on the South Americans dominated proceedings in search of a get away goal but Vincent Enyeama refused to be beaten. In the 37th minute, an injury prone Sergio Aguero made way for Ezequiel Lavezzi. The little Lion struck again in stoppage time with a beautiful free kick with power behind the ball, above the wall and out of Enyeama’s reach to make it 2-1 at the break.
Five minutes into the second stanza Musa doubled his tally and leveled matters with a superb finish before Marcos Rojo registered his first ever international goal to bring Alejandro Sabella’s men back in front seconds later. Messi made way for Ricardo Alvarez in the 63rd minute; nothing to do with performance as he left the pitch with two goals to his name. Lavezzi came close to making it 4-2 in the 77th minute after being played through by Di Maria from a set piece but Enyeama was there to rescue the Nigerians.
The score line could have been changed by either side in the dying minutes of the game but it remained 3-2 in favour of Argentina at the final whistle but thanks to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 3-1 win over Iran, the West Africans qualify for the Second Round.