14 November 2017
The Nigeria Super Eagles under Gernot Rohr continued to impress as they came from two goals down to defeat world power, Argentina in a friendly match played in Russia Tuesday evening.
The Eagles opted for a formation they’re not used to – 3-5-2 – and it was immediately clear they were nervous with their new setup and they conceded to goals from Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero respectively. In this period, the team posed no offensive threat to the opponent.
But as the first half bore on, Alex Iwobi while spearheading a rare Eagles attack won the freekick which was brilliantly converted by Kelechi Iheanacho to bring Nigeria back into the game as the half ended 2 – 1.
Nigeria came out in the second half with three defensive changes (Francis Uzoho for Daniel Akpeyi, Brian Idowu for Ola Aina and Tyron Ebuehi for Shehu Abdulahi) and they immediately looked a whole lot more disciplined with their positional play spot on as they shut out the Argentines while they looked more ferocious when attacking.
The reward came soon after in the 52nd minute when Iwobi, who has been brilliant all game, pulled Nigeria level with a cleverly placed shot across goal which strolled into the bottom corner. Iheanacho was the provider this time.
Two minutes later, debutant, Brian Idowu, made it three before Iwobi completed his brace after nutmegging strongman, Javier Mascherano on the edge of the box and then putting the ball beyond the on-rushing goalie.
The match ended 4 – 2 to Nigeria in a match many Nigerians would have taken a slim loss with a pinch of salt.