Saturday, 12th June 2010
It Should Have Been Four or Five
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
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.
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.
Argentina 1 Nigeria 0
1:0 Gabriel Heinze (6 mins)
Man of The Match:
Vincent Enyeama - The Nigeria goalkeeper kept the scoreline respectable.
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.
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
Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
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
41 Mins - Jonás Gutiérrez (Argentina)
77 Mins - 15 Lukman Haruna (Nigeria)
0 Red Cards.
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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