“Argentina 4-2 Nate Against Nigeria”, says Twitter User
Following Nigeria’s 4-2 victory over Argentina in an international friendly match played in Russia yesterday, Emmanuel Ikhebeb (@Elkhenebome) has stated on twitter that “… The Argentines were 4 2 nate not have conceded more goals from the #SuperEagles.”
Indeed, #SuperEagles has been trending on twitter since yesterday, when Nigeria recorded that resounding victory over Argentina. For instance, Black or White (@Yink 1234) tweeted: “The #SuperEagles are showing Argentina no Messi”. Also, Olawhandi (@Olawhandi) tweeted: “When u ask me wht #ARGNGA final score is? Un4-2nately I was not expecting it. #ARGNGA #naija #SuperEagles”.
Equally, Series Abiodun (@EngrSeries) tweeted: “If only this is a proper #WorldCup match, it’d have been historical…. I hope the #SuperEagles can build on this amazing performance against Argentina, and not get carried away. Solid performance lads! #GoEagles #Proudly Nigerian”.
It would be recalled that Argentina completely dominated the first half of that match and went ahead with two goals scored in the 28th minute by Ever Banega and in the 36th minute by Sergio Aguero, respectively. Although Nigeria barely threatened in the first half, Kelechi Iheanacho restored hopes of a comeback when he neatly scored from a free kick taken near the penalty box, just before the end of that half.
Daniel Akpeyi, Nigeria’s goalkeeper, had a poor performance in yesterday’s game before he was replaced by Deportivo La Coruna of Spain’s Francis Uzoho who made a fine debut in the second half. Thus, Coded Baba (@IfeCoded) tweeted: “Daniel Akpeyi should not celebrate with the Super eagles o. My sincere condolence to him and his Argentine team mates. #ARGNA #SuperEagles”.
Alex Iwobi and Bryan Idowu scored two quick goals in the second half, to mark Nigeria’s complete comeback in that match. That was Bryan’s debut for Nigeria. Another debutant, Tyronne Ebuehi, shone brightly on the right side of Nigeria’s defence. The Super Eagles played with confidence and composure in the second half and got rewarded when Iwobi outwitted Javier Mascherano to slot past goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin, for Nigeria’s fourth goal.
After the game, Nigeria’s captain, Mikel Obi posted this on the Super Eagles’ twitter handle (@NGSuperEagles): “We played a new system today we never played before so we struggled to find our feet in the first half but at the break, the coach spoke to us and we corrected our mistakes which helped us to fight back. Our team is still work in progress.”
Also, Coach Gernot Rohr posted this: “It’s good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favourites to win the World Cup. We stay humble & realize we have more work to do. We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.”
Although yesterday’s match was a friendly, its outcome was sweet revenge for Nigeria who lost 3-2 to Argentina in a World Cup match played on June 25th 2014, in Brazil. Lionel Messi played in that match but missed yesterday’s encounter. Similarly, Victor Moses, a pivotal member of Nigeria’s team and nominee for BBC’s African Footballer of this Year’s award, did not feature in yesterday’s encounter.
- Cornelius Ellah