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    Nigeria - Argentina 2:3 (1:2)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    25 June 2014 Porto Alegre /Estadio Beira-Rio 13:00 43285
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    PUCCI Stefano (ITA)
    Did not play in Match
    EL AMRANI Hicham (MAR)
    Fifth Official
    HAGLUND Kim (NOR)
    Referee
    RIZZOLI Nicola (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1
    FAVERANI Renato (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2
    STEFANI Andrea (ITA)
    Fourth Official
    MOEN Svein Oddvar (NOR)

    Total Goals scored

    Lionel MESSI (ARG) 3' , Ahmed MUSA (NGA) 4' , Lionel MESSI (ARG) 46' , Ahmed MUSA (NGA) 47' , Marcos ROJO (ARG) 50'


    Nigeria

    Argentina
    1
    ENYEAMA (GK)
    1
    ROMERO (GK)
    2
    YOBO (C)
    2
    GARAY
    5
    AMBROSE
    4
    ZABALETA
    7
    MUSA
    5
    GAGO
    8
    ODEMWINGIE (-80')
    7
    DI MARIA
    9
    EMENIKE
    9
    HIGUAIN (-90'+1)
    10
    MIKEL
    10
    MESSI (C) (-63')
    13
    OSHANIWA
    14
    MASCHERANO
    17
    ONAZI
    16
    ROJO
    18
    BABATUNDE (-66')
    17
    F. FERNANDEZ
    22
    OMERUO
    20
    AGUERO (-38')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    16
    EJIDE (GK)
    12
    ORION (GK)
    21
    AGBIM (GK)
    21
    ANDUJAR (GK)
    3
    UZOENYI
    3
    CAMPAGNARO
    4
    GABRIEL
    6
    BIGLIA (+90'+1)
    6
    EGWUEKWE
    8
    PEREZ
    12
    ODUNLAMI
    11
    M. RODRIGUEZ
    14
    OBOABONA
    13
    A. FERNANDEZ
    15
    AZEEZ
    15
    DEMICHELIS
    19
    NWOFOR (+80')
    18
    PALACIO
    20
    UCHEBO (+66')
    19
    ALVAREZ (+63')
    23
    AMEOBI
    22
    LAVEZZI (+38')
    11
    MOSES
    23
    BASANTA
    Coach Coach
    KESHI Stephen (NGA) SABELLA Alejandro (ARG)

    Cautions

    Kenneth OMERUO (NGA) 49' , Juwon OSHANIWA (NGA) 51'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Nigeria through despite Messi-inspired defeat

    Argentina secured top spot in Group F and preserved their unblemished record at Brazil 2014 with a 3-2 win over Nigeria illuminated by braces for Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa. Alejandro Sabella's side will be joined in the Round of 16 by the Super Eagles, who contributed greatly to this enthralling match and progress due to Iran's defeat to already-eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even in a World Cup packed full of thrilling games, this was one of the best yet, and the tone was set as early as the third minute. That was when Messi opened the scoring in some style, crashing a first-time shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards after Vincent Enyeama had tipped Angel Di Maria's initial effort on to the post.

    Nigeria, though, weren't content to allow Argentina's captain to again hog the headlines, and they drew level with the next attack of the game. The impressive Ahmed Musa was the player responsible, exploiting a one-on-one with Pablo Zabaleta to cut inside from the left and curl an inch-perfect right-foot shot just inside the far post. It was a terrific goal from a player who would continue to cause problems, although it was Argentina who carved out the better of the game's opportunities.

    Di Maria was again prominent, and on 25 minutes he measured an inviting low pass across goal that Messi - sliding in - missed out on converting by a matter of inches. Soon after, the Real Madrid winger went directly for goal, unleashing a 35-yard drive that was flying into the bottom corner until Enyeama got across to tip it wide. It wasn't long, though, before Messi again took centre stage. A minute into first-half injury time, and having forced a brilliant save from the keeper with an earlier free-kick, he re-established La Albiceleste's lead from an almost-identical position. This time, there was no chance for Enyeama, with the Barcelona star curling a left-foot shot from 25 yards that cleared the wall and dropped just inside the right-hand post.

    But once again, Nigeria wasted little time in responding to Messi's brilliance. Just a couple of minutes into the second half, Musa emulated the Argentina skipper by completing a double of his own, racing through and wrong-footing Sergio Romero with a low shot into the bottom-left corner. Argentina would not be a denied a third straight win, though, and they secured the points just three minutes later. It was the scrappiest of all five goals, with Marcos Rojo bundling a corner home with his knee, but that didn't matter to the Albiceleste fans or to the scorer, who had never before found the target for his national team.

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    Nigeria-Argentina: Quotes

    Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach
    Weíd already qualified for the next round but itís good to have finished top of the group, thatís what we were aiming for. We improved, were more mobile, passed the ball better and were quicker. We were better at changing the tempo of the game too, improved our interplay and had a lot of chances. The further into the tournament we go, the more weíre finding our rhythm. The structure of the side is getting much better.

    Lionel Messi, Budweiser Man of the Match
    We were better in this game, regardless of the goals we conceded. We were more threatening today, found the spaces to exploit and had more chances to score. But we still want more. The good thing is we improved and itís a wonderful experience with the people here. Weíre all still chasing a shared dream.

    Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
    Itís an honour and weíre very happy to reach the next round. I think we lost the game because we showed them too much respect in the first half. After the break we managed to play our game, attacked more, had more possession and were better overall. But Argentina are a great team and Messiís a great player. Heís blessed and thereís no way you can escape him. Messiís from Jupiter.

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