On Tuesday, the Super Eagles have dropped out of the on-going Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup after losing 2-1 to Argentina in their final Group D match in Saint Petersburg. The Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, scored 100th goal of the summer’s World Cup.
The triumph for Argentina has been their fifth consecutive win from the Super Eagles at the World Cup.
The final time that the Super Eagles appeared out from the group point was at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Towards the later part of the match, Marcos Rojo struck to put Argentina into the next round.
Argentina currently joins Croatia who thrashed Iceland 2-1 to move into the round of 16. Just 8 minutes into the match Ahmed Musa had the Super Eagles’ first effort on goal but his shot from outside the penalty box moved over the bar.
Lionel Messi opened the day in the 14th minute by converting a long cross from Banega before shooting beyond Francis Uzoho, the Nigerian Goalkeeper.
Four minutes before the half-hour mark Uzoho denied Gonzalo Higuain from increasing the lead from a pass from Lionel Messi. The goalkeeper came off his line to deny the Juventus striker.
In the 34th minute the Barcelona striker, Messi, almost converted a free kick but was slightly off by the touch of Uzoho’s fingertip.
Ahead of the beginning of second half, the Super Eagles made the match’s very first substitution with Odion Ighalo substituting for Iheanacho.
The Super Eagles, however, leveled the scoreline as Victor Moses converted a spot kick in the 51st minute. The penalty kick was given after Javier Mascherano fouled Nigerian defender, Leon Balogun inside the penalty area following a corner kick.
Wilfred Ndidi came close in the 71st minute with a great strike but the ball went over the bar. Ighalo had an opportunity to put Nigeria ahead at the 76th minute but he struck the ball wide.
Reaction trailed the adjudged action of Marcos Rojo who appeared to have handled the ball in the penalty area as he heads the ball out. The Referee consulted the VAR and failed to approve another penalty kick for the African giants.
Oghenekaro Etebo nearly leveled from a free-kick at about 86 minutes but his effort hit the side netting.
Argentina went 2-1 upon 86 moments as a result of Marcos Rojo who neatly converted-in a cross from the right.
It was a tough outing for both sides as the Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero came on as a substitute.