Eagles make bold statement ahead of World Cup with comeback victory over Argentina

The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their 2018 World Cup preparations with a superb victory over Argentina in an international friendly in Krasnodar on Tuesday.

The Nigerian men came from 2-0 down to beat the South American giants 4-2— their second victory over the Albicelestes in eight senior meetings since 1994.

Ever Banega opened the scoring for Argentina on the half-hour mark before Sergio Aguero doubled their lead eight minutes after.

Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back for Nigeria at the stroke of halftime with a brilliant free kick before Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi drew both sides level seven minutes after the break.

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The game got more interesting when substitute, Brian Idowu, who was making his debut with the team, put the Eagles ahead two minutes after the equalizer; as Iwobi then completed the scoring with a 73rd-minute goal.

Young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho also made his debut for the Eagles as he replaced Daniel Akpeyi on 84 minutes.

Kenneth Omeruo came on for Leon Balogun on the hour mark, Ahmed Musa came on for Iheanacho on 69 minutes, as Iwobi later went off for Olanrewaju Kayode after grabbing his brace.

Meanwhile, Aguero’s goal helped him become the third-highest goalscorer in his national team on 36 gaols, surpassing Hernan Crespo. The Manchester City forward now has only Lionel Messi and Gabriel Batistuta ahead of him.

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Author: Ben Ugbana