Nigeria 4 Vs Argentina 2 Super Eagles stage brilliant come-back in friendly win

Super Eagles staged a brilliant comeback to beat Argentina in a friendly.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria staged a brilliant comeback from 2-0 down to beat Argentina in a friendly game on Tuesday, November 14.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria walked off the Krasnodar Arena to a resounding applause from the audience, manly locals who were at the stadium to see some of the biggest football stars in action.

Argentine players Sergio Aguero, Ángel Di María, Javier Mascherano and Paulo Dybala are some of the biggest names in world football and they may have been the star attraction for the Tuesday, November 14 international friendly.

At the end of the game, however, the locals were not applauding the names that had drawn them to the game, rather, they all went home in awe of some unknown Nigerian players who have just blown their South American counterparts to pieces.

Kelechi Iheanachi, Alex Iwobi and Bryan Idowu all scored to help Nigeria to a 4-2 after going behind 2-0.

John Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and John Ogu play Super Eagles staged a brilliant come-back from 2-0 down to beat Argentina 4-2

 

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr for the first time started with three men at the back Chidozie Awaziem came back into the start XI alongside the familiar pairing of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong.

Super Eagles starting XI Vs Argentina play Super Eagles starting XI against Argentina (Twiter/NFF)

 

Shehu Abdullahi and Ola Aina started in wing-backs positions.

In midfield were Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu and John Mikel Obi while Iwobi and Iheanacho led the attack.

The Argentines started the brighter side and dominated possession as the Super Eagles defended in numbers.

Argentina XI against Nigeria play Argentina's XI against Nigeria (Argentina Football‏ )

 

Dybala got a chance early fifth minute, receiving a pass in the area but his shot was blocked.

Iheanacho got into a little altercation with his former Manchester City teammate Nicolás Otamendi after he elbowed the Argentine defender.

Play resumed with Argentina still dominating as Aguero failed to connect to a Di Maria cross after racing into the Nigerian box.

The Argentine got a free kick in the 25th minute after Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was adjudged to have touched the ball with his hand outside the 18-year-box.

Nicolás Otamendi, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega play Argentina players celebrate their first goal against Nigeria (EPA)

 

Ever Banega stepped up to put Argentina in the lead from the freekick.

It was all Argentina from then on as Aguero doubled the lead 10 minutes later racing to a ball in the Nigerian box to tap into the net.

Sergio Aguero play Aguero doubles Argentina's lead in the 35th minute (AFP/Getty Images)

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Otamendi had gotten a chance earlier but his header from a corner was off the target.

10 minutes later Iheanacho pulled one back for Nigeria with a freekick just outside the Argentine area after Iwobi had been fouled.

Even with the goal, Argentina still finished the half the better side and were expected to finish things off in the second half.

Kelechi Iheanacho, William Troost-Ekong and John Ogu play Iheanacho pulled one back for he Super Eagles late in the first half (EPA)

 

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr made a couple of changes before the restart as Tyronne Ebuehi came in for Abdullahi at right wing-back, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in for Apkeyi and Bryan Idowu for Ola Aina at left wing-back.

Alex Iwobi and Bryan Idowu play Debutant bryan Idowu celebrates with iwobi after scoring Nigeria's third goal (EPA)

Rohr substitutions made the instant impact as Ebuehi and Idowu became threats on the attacking front for Nigeria.

Nigeria levelled in the 51st minute as Ogu played in Iheanacho from the right and the Leicester City star picked out Arsenal’s Iwobi who finished off in the left bottom corner.

2-2 and all of a sudden the Super Eagles were all over the Argentine, harrying and pressing the Argentines.

Alex Iwobi play Alex Iwobi netted a second-half brace to help Nigeria to a 4-2 win (AFP/Getty Images)

 

Two minutes later the Super Eagles of Nigeria took the lead through debutant Idowu who raced into the Argentine box to score.

Iwobi completed the win with a brilliant move, nutmegging Javier Mascherano before finishing past the goalkeeper.

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