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Nigeria lose to Argentina but go through

Posted: 25 June 2014 Time: 20:32

An Ahmed Musa brace was not enough to prevent Nigeria from losing 3-2 to Argentina in their final Group F game, as they reached the second round of the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

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Lionel Messi struck in the 3rd minute to give Argentina an early lead after latching onto the rebound of a shot by Angel Di Maria, and sending it into the roof of the net.

Nigeria however made an instant response as they equalized a minute later through Ahmed Musa who latched onto Michael Babatunde's ball from the left flank, before cutting into the area to unleash a right footed shot from 16-yards which beat Romero. 1-1.

Ahmed Musa

Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain came close for Argentina moments later, with the latter hitting the side-netting after being put through by a pass from Messi, but Enyeama put enough pressure on the striker to quell the threat.

Nigeria knocked the ball around in a futile bid to reduce the pace of the game, but the Argentines continued to press with the likes of Di Maria, Messi and Higuain leading the onslaught for the South Americans.

Messi however restored Argentina's lead before the end of the half by scoring in the second minute of added time, after he scored from a direct free-kick which was awarded in his favour after he was fouled by Ogenyi Onazi.

But Nigeria equalized two minutes into the resumption of the second half through Musa again, as the winger broke free after a one-two with Emenike and found space to send to send Romero the wrong way with a nicely placed shot into the left post.

Di Maria came close to restoring the lead for Argentina two minutes later with a thunderous shot from 20-yards, but Enyeama palmed his effort over the crossbar.

Argentina however restored their lead from the subsequent free-kick in the 50th minute after Omeruo's clearing header deflected off Marcos Rojo's knee for his first international goal.

The intensity of the game gradually slowed down as Nigeria found more space and midfield in latter stages of the game and created a number of half chances, none of which could be utilized to restore parity.

Nigeria however went through in spite of the result, after Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Iran 3-1 in the other game. Argentina top Group F with 9 points, while Nigeria finished in second place with 4 points.

Bosnia-Herzegovina finished third with three points, while Iran were placed bottom with one point.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

clie
posted: 2014-06-25 19:31:45

Mmmmmh I'm proud of Nigeria!!

odafe
posted: 2014-06-25 19:57:19

me too.

Calendar
posted: 2014-06-25 20:05:17

Over an hour later, these haters are yet to come rain abuses on nigeria. If nigeria hadn't qualified, they would had been here talking rubbish. may God deliver you people from your hatred for nigeria. 

MNICOL
posted: 2014-06-25 20:23:40

Congrats Nigeria. You have done your country and Africa proud.

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-06-25 21:09:01

Pity Keshi is African, if he was caucasian SAFA would choose him for the red hot Bafana seat. Instead Quiroz is going to be brought back to earn the big bucks

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-26 03:31:28

You sound like the one who needs to be delivered with your baseless judgmental accusations. Are you a prophet now? Since you know why people perhaps didn't read this article for they were too tired and slept, or it was posted after they slept (like myself). . . And please stop using the name God in vein; the 3rd Commandment warns us. . . Congrats Musa!!!

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-26 03:38:06

European centrism is still having an upper hand in our epistemology Khosi. Sad, very sad they a black person is ignored even by his own, even though I am not convinced yet about Keshi but surely not Quiroz.

twalop
posted: 2014-06-26 05:20:34

The play well.

mountainking
posted: 2014-06-26 06:03:50

Good luck to keshi and nigerians.I see a few are on this medium now to defend him.just like yesterday I still feel he is good foe nigeria but just like any national team in the world we need our own sa coach to take us forward.

khosimynation
posted: 2014-06-26 06:56:38

Well done Nija for qualifying.

bouga2
posted: 2014-06-26 07:36:23

The Transformer was Pitso Mosimane white?

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-26 08:51:48

bouga2 The Transformer The question is, how did he land on that position? Isn't that it was believed that he has gained "knowledge" from the two Brazilian friends as he was their assistants? But I don't mean to be narrow and stereotypical, look at the Soweto giants and Chiefs to mention one, "Who are their main type of coaches (Blacks or Whites)?" . . . I also don't mean to be racial or subjective; I am objective papa!!!

Calendar
posted: 2014-06-26 11:57:44

The Transformer my statement is not baseless. i read people's comment everyday on this site. They call Nigerians every names in the book, and some even say it straight up that they don't like Nigeria and Nigerians. Please tell me what is baseless about what i said.

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-26 12:10:48

Calendar The Transformer Not every South African love less the Nigerians. Some of us are having friends, real friends with them. . .  

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