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The World United Through Football Wednesday, 25th June

Group Match

Group F

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria vs Travel to Argentina Argentina in Porto Alegre.

Match Preview

In the final Group F matches, Nigeria take on Argentina in Porto Alegre while Bosnia play Iran in Salvador.

Nigeria and Argentina have met at three previous World Cup Finals: USA 1994, Korea-Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010; with Argentina winning all three games by one goal.

The Match

With qualification assured, Argentina could comfortably treat this as an exhibition match.

Goalscorers 0:1
It took less than three minutes for Lionel Messi to thank the travelling Argentinian fans with a goal, after Angel di Maria's shot came back off the post.

Goalscorers 1:1
One minute and twenty seconds after going behind, Nigeria were back in the game. A wonderful finish inside the far past from Ahmed Musa.

Vincent Enyeama did well to save from a Lionel Messi free-kick, curling over the wall and towards the top corner.

Goalscorers 1:2
Enyeama couldn't get anywhere near Messi's next free-kick; another curler, but landing lower.

Half-time: Nigeria 1 - Argentina 2

Nigeria couldn't afford to let any grip on this game fade away, in case Iran scored two and beat Bosnia in Salvador.

Goalscorers 2:2
And within three minutes of the restart, the Nigerians did just that; Ahmed Musa with plenty of space to run through the two Argentinian central defenders.

Goalscorers 2:3
Argentina wanted to win this for their huge support in Porto Alegre and pulled ahead again; Marcos Rojo's goal encouraging the Argentina fans to up the volume.

Messi left the field, just after the hour; his work done for the day.

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Final Score: Nigeria 2 - Argentina 3
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Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 - Lionel Messi (3 mins)
1:1 - Ahmed Musa (4 mins)
1:2 - Lionel Messi (45 mins)
2:2 - Ahmed Musa (47 mins)
2:3 - Marcos Rojo (50 mins)

Teams

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria:
1-Vincent Enyeama; 5-Efe Ambrose, 2-Joseph Yobo, 22-Kenneth Omeruo, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa; 17-Ogenyi Onazi, 10-John Obi Mikel, 18-Michel Babatunde; 8-Peter Odemwingie, 9-Emmanuel Emenike, 7-Ahmed Musa.

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 17-Federico Fernandez, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 16-Marcos Rojo; 5-Fernando Gago, 14-Javier Mascherano, 7-Angel di Maria; 10-Lionel Messi, 9-Gonzalo Higuain, 20-Sergio Aguero.

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Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
47 mins - Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria)
50 mins - Juwon Oshaniwa (Nigeria)

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