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Saturday, 12th June 2010
It Should Have Been Four or Five

Group B Match

Argentina vs Nigeria
Jo'burg Ellis Park (16.00)

Maradona's Argentina lined up with an attacking intention to put Nigeria on the back foot right from the start.

On their third effective attack, Gabriel Heinze headed Argentina into the lead; from a Juan Sebastián Verón corner.

Nigeria were not without their chances, but just didn't make the most of them.

Thanks to the early goal, Argentina were content to play the ball around and hope to wear Nigeria down.

Three great saves from Vincent Enyeama helped to keep Nigeria in with a chance for the second-half.

Half-time: 1:0

Lars Lagerback didn't wait long before ringing the changes up front for Nigeria; the ineffective Victor Obinna making way for Obafemi Martins - soon to be joined by the more lively Peter Odemwingie as well.

Vincent Enyeama continued to keep Nigeria in the game while the African front man struggled to make anything of their half-chances.

Maradona, sensing Odemwingie getting the better of Jonas Gutierrez on the left, brought on AS Roma's Nicolas Burdisso to try and deal with the right back problem; Gutierrez not really a defender at all.

Final Score:
Argentina 1 Nigeria 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Gabriel Heinze (6 mins)

Man of The Match:
Vincent Enyeama - The Nigeria goalkeeper kept the scoreline respectable.

Teams

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
22 Sergio Romero; 6 Gabriel Heinze, 2 Martín Demichelis, 13 Walter Samuel, 17 Jonás Gutiérrez; 14 Javier Mascherano, 8 Juan Sebastián Verón; 7 Ángel Di María, 9 Gonzalo Higuaín, 11 Carlos Tévez, 10 Lionel Messi.

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria:
1 Vincent Enyeama; 3 Taye Taiwo, 2 Joseph Yobo, 6 Danny Shittu, 17 Chidi Odiah; 20 Dickson Etuhu, 14 Sani Kaita, 15 Lukman Haruna; 8 Yakubu Aiyegbeni, 18 Victor Obinna, 19 Chinedu Ogbuke.

Referee:
Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Substitutions Substitutions:
52 Mins (Nigeria) - 9 Obafemi Martins on for 18 Victor Obinna
60 Mins (Nigeria) - 11 Peter Odemwingie on for 19 Chinedu Ogbuke
74 Mins (Argentina) - 20 Maxi Rodriguez on for 8 Juan Sebastian Veron
74 Mins (Nigeria) - 12 Kalu Uche on for 3 Taye Taiwo
79 Mins (Argentina) - 19 Diego Milito on for 9 Gonzalo Higuain
85 Mins (Argentina) - 4 Nicolas Burdisso on for 7 Angel Di Maria

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
41 Mins - Jonás Gutiérrez (Argentina)
77 Mins - 15 Lukman Haruna (Nigeria)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Argentina beat Nigeria (2:1) in Boston, during the group stages of USA 1994. The two teams met again in Korea-Japan 2002, with Argentina once again gaining the advantage (1:0).

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group B
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Greece
Nigeria
South Korea

Group C
Algeria
England
Slovenia
USA

Group D
Australia
Germany
Ghana
Serbia

Group E
Cameroon
Denmark
Holland
Japan

Group F
Italy
New Zealand
Paraguay
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
Côte d'Ivoire
North Korea
Portugal

Group H
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Honduras
Spain
Switzerland

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