Entering the game questions were being asked, Will both teams enter the game to win or sit back to draw? Nigeria went with the same team that started against Bosnia, while Argentina is unchanged as well. The game definitely didn’t have a slow start. Argentina began scoring in the 3rd minute with a Messi goal. The Nigerian defense was clearly not settled that early in the game. A rapid response was given by Ahmed Musa in the 4th minute with a great curler. The game seemed calmer, the Nigerian defense looking more settled and the Argentine players continued with the attack. We soaked in all the pressure, up until the closing stages of the first half when Messi scores his fourth of the tournament from a free kick position. It was disappointing on the path of Enyeama as he was frozen to the ground by the free kick and could have picked a better position to save the shot. That brought the first half to a close, which left Nigerian fans disappointed. Second half kicked off, Nigeria looked the more dangerous side and were rewarded with an equalizer in the 47th minute. The goal scored by Musa with a good link up play between himself and Emeneke. The glory was short lived as Rojo scored for Argentina to take back the lead from a Lavezzi corner kick. After the goal the game moved at a steady pace with a few chances going to both sides. One could say both teams were satisfied with the result because news had come in of the result of the Bosinia Vs. Iran game, which meant both Nigeria and Argentina qualify. Although Nigeria lost the game they looked much better than they did when they played against Iran and Bosnia. I believe they are getting better with time like fine wine. Argentina is a force to be reckoned with as long as Messi continues to be Messi. Both teams have qualified and would wait to confirm who they play in the next round.

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