Nigeria’s Super Eagles inspired by Arsenal ace Alex Iwobi fought back from two goals down to beat two-time world champions Argentina 4-2 in an entertaining pre-World Cup friendly in Krasnodar,
The tactical genius of coach Gernot Rohr ensured Nigeria ranked 41st in the world defeat the fourth best team in the world Argentina for only the second time.
It was a game of two halves – Argentina dominated the first 45 minutes, while Nigeria took charge after the interval. The game roared to live after 20 minutes, when Ever Banega’s free kick beat goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi for the opening goal.
Argentina doubled their lead through Sergio Aguero on 34 minutes. However, Nigeria pulled a goal back through a superbly taken free kick by Kelechi Iheanacho after the lively Alex Iwobi was fouled by Javier Masherano around the box.
Man of the match Iwobi drew Nigeria level in the 52nd minute after he combined well with strike partner Iheanacho. It was his third goal for the Super Eagles. Debutant Bryan Idowu made it 3-2 in favour of Nigeria moments later when he latched onto a pass inside the box delivered by Iheanacho.
In the 73rd minute, Iwobi got his second goal of the night when he surged past his markers after he received a pass from substitute Ahmed Musa before he fired home.
The Eagles tried out a new formation of 3-5-2 as against the 4-2-3-1 they used mostly during the 2018 World Cup qualifying series. They seemed to struggle to master this new formation during which time the South Americans raced into a 2-0 lead.
But after they fought their way back into this encounter, there was no stopping the Eagles from flying all the way to their second win over the star-studded Argentines.
Eagles starting List
Daniel Akpeyi (Francis Uzoho 46) – Chiedozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun (Kenneth Omeruo 60) – Ola Aina (Bryan Idowu 46), Shehu Abdullahi (Tyronne Ebuehi 46), Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Obi, John Ogu – Alex Iwobi (Olanrewaju Kayode 87), Kelechi Iheanacho (Ahmed Musa 70)