Venue: Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Date: June 25th
Time: 9:30 pm IST
The Nigerian super eagles and Argentina lock horns in their final group encounter at Porto Alegre. With the winner moving to the top of the pile, both teams will be vying for top honors in group F. However, a slip up by Nigeria might just push Iran back into the equation and hence they will be vary of the match featuring their peers.
South American giants Argentina have managed to win both their world cup matches. However the original picture is far from what the points reflect. They have labored to win both the matches and have looked far from convincing. Hence the onus will be on them to at least cap off their final group game with a solid victory. They have managed to just score 3 goals in their last 2 matches and will find it difficult in the future half of the tournament if their goal drought continues. Messi has been their only key performer and it is time the others step on the gas.
Nigeria on the other hand has a win and a draw apiece. They have played some conservative football and will look to produce a similar challenge to Argentina. Their problems too revolve around goal scoring. The Super Eagles have scored just once in the tournament and can’t afford to move further up into the tournament with some feeble firepower. Hence their strikers need to pull up their socks and fire in some goals.
If Iran beat Bosnia and Nigeria lose to Argentina, both teams will be similar on every statistic. The member to then move forward to the next round will be decided by a coin toss. This is what is heard as of late and the outcome will be interesting to see.
Prediction: 2-1 Argentina
Line Ups: Line ups:
Argentina (4-2-3-1): Sergio Romero; Marcos Rojo, Federico Fernández, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta; Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago; Ángel di María, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero; Gonzalo Higuaín.
Nigeria (4-3-3): Vincent Enyeama; Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Obabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose; John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez; Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa
Players to watch out for: Argentina – Amongst the 3 goals scored by the La Albaciste, Messi lays his claim on two. The Barcelona man is the only saving grace in this misfiring Argentinean line up and he must once again look to lead the charge against Nigeria.
Nigeria – Peter Odemwinge – The little Nigerian striker managed to pull his team back into the tournament with a late goal against Bosnia and the onus will be on him to break the deadlock once again. He is one of the swiftest strikers in the Nigerian ranks and his skill will come in handy.