Eagles beat Argentina in six-goal thriller

Sheri Evans
November 15, 2017

Dario Benedetto replaced Aguero in the lineup, but Nigeria rallied with three second-half goals to win 4-2, handing Argentina their first friendly defeat since November 2014.

Former City team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho had given the Super Eagles hope with a goal before the break, and it was another Premier League star, Arsenal's Alex Iwobi, that inspired a second-half comeback, as he grabbed two goals.

Argentina only secured its spot in the next World Cup in the last round of South American qualifiers and has not delivered convincing performances without Messi.

Referencing a previous heart problem, Argentinian team doctor Donato Villani told reporters: "He felt bad twice, and with the medical history he has, since he was operated on when he was 15, we wanted to be sure it was nothing".

The move by the NFF is to allow the Super Eagles play a top friendly match in March, being the only remaining Federation Internationale de Football Association window before the World Cup kicks off in June next year.

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On resumption for the second half, Eagles up their game with skipper John Mikel Obi who was playing his 80th global game at the senior level for Nigeria spraying accurate passes.

" It's good victory for us but it doesn't mean we've become favorites to win the World Cup".

It was his third goal for the Super Eagles. "We stay humble & realize we have more work to do", he stated.

Aguero, who recovered from broken ribs to resume playing this month, was taken to hospital for checks after his collapse in the dressing room. Just as Algeria coach, Rabah Madjer pointed him out as the most lethal in the Eagles forward line, the Arsenal player scored two lovely goals and was constantly a threat to the Argentines each time he had the ball in his legs.

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