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2014 World Cup: Nigeria lose to Argentina but qualify for round 16

Published on: 25 June 2014
Nigeria qualify

African champions Nigeria have qualified for the World Cup knockout round of 16 despite losing 3-2 to Argentina in a thrilling final Group F match in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.

Bosnia-Herzegovina won the other group game against Iran 3-1 to finish third on three points.

The Super Eagles thus became the first African team to reach this stage of the tournament and it is only the third time they have done so after they advanced in 1994 and 1998.

Argentina went in front after just three minutes through their talisman Lionel Messi, who blasted home a rebound when Di Maria’s shot crashed against the post after the South Americans ripped open the Eagles defence.

However, Ahmed Musa drew Nigeria level a minute later, when he latched on to a through ball, cut back before he let fly past goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

In first half, stoppage time, Messi restored his team’s lead when he curled his free kick from outside the box beyond a stranded Vincent Enyeama.

This was after the Lille shot stopper had turned away for a corner a similar Messi free kick for a corner.

Ahmed Musa netted his brace in the 47th minute when he dashed through the Argentina defence after he was set up by Emenike.

But Rojo scored his first international goal when he restored Argentina lead three minutes later, when it appears he helped the ball inside the net with his knee.

Enyeama again proved to be the stumbling block for Argentina and Di Maria with several big saves.

Argentina controlled the ball from the first half and attacked in waves for the opening goal.

Enyeama was called to duty after nine minutes, when Angel Di Maria fired home from distance and almost immediately Higuain threatened to double his team’s advantage.

Osaze Odemwingie shot wide in the 27th minute from 20 yards.

After 37th minute, Argentina were forced to replace the injured Sergio Aguero.


This article has 23 comment(s), give your comment
  • apiangalege says:
    June 25, 2014 06:52 pm
    Up Super Eagles!Slowly but surely getting to the final.We may work slowly but never backwards!
  • Agobil says:
    June 25, 2014 06:43 pm
    With the way 9ja play today I stil see hope in them. 9ice play boys.
  • banger says:
    June 25, 2014 07:23 pm
  • Zargon says:
    June 25, 2014 07:24 pm
    Congrats to our brothers/ they played a really good game today. U guys are improving as the tournament goes on. Well done.
  • Kwame Nti says:
    June 25, 2014 07:44 pm
    France will beat Nigeria hands down. We were lucky against Bosnai, after their goal was disalloewd
  • Samedge says:
    June 25, 2014 07:46 pm
    You are very stupid banger. Congratulate who?
  • Benito says:
    June 25, 2014 07:52 pm
    Samadge why the insult? We are only people if the super eagles have qualified we put our rivalry aside and support them,it's now about Africa.
  • anokwale says:
    June 25, 2014 07:58 pm
    I am glad that Nigeria qualified but I still think the defense has to tighten up a bit. Good to see that Musa is finally getting on target. Luckily, Bosnia beat Iran or else it would not be a pretty picture for Africa.
  • thankGodamnotanigerians says:
    June 25, 2014 08:02 pm
    Pls lord #bringbackourboys AMEN
  • Chukwe says:
    June 25, 2014 08:12 pm
    Our nxt focus is France.Super Eagles all the way now!
  • Chukwe says:
    June 25, 2014 08:14 pm
    Kwame tea ...don't be so negative young man.
  • Just in Time says:
    June 25, 2014 08:15 pm
    Go Nigeria we are all behind you. At least we still have and African team in the round of 16.
  • Truth hurts says:
    June 25, 2014 08:23 pm
    GSN shame on you. You pasted this today,cause the super eagles lost but still become the first african team to move to the second round. We they won against bosnia,you didn't put it on here. Yet you put the other afrcan teams on here,win or loose. Hypocrisy at its best. Anyway it doesn't matter. @thankGodyourenotanigerian,don't worry my friend, your BOYS are coming back after tomorrow. Make sure you prepare lots of kenke and fufu for them lol. God bless naija for life.
  • Goody says:
    June 25, 2014 08:46 pm
    Congrats to our naija brothers ,was happy to see my man Musah scoring...........But I beg ooo that tall guy who came in to replace Michael, ebi footballer ?...
  • clement says:
    June 25, 2014 08:51 pm
    tank God naija is in d next round.hopefully,ghana and algeria will join us in d next round.
  • Naija 1st Son says:
    June 25, 2014 09:10 pm al mai Ghanaian bradas whose offensive comments about Nigeria & the super "chickens" or "Boko haram boys" have always had me laughing. I wish you good luck against the world's best player tomorrow. Us Nigerians ain't got no worries. Kweku Bonsam & all his juju loving country people had better start "working" on CR7, cos he's coming for y'all. He's gonna get y'all. MuHahahahahahahahahaha. Sory o. Ghana crashing out tomorrow 3-0 courtesy of a CR7 hattrick. BuHahahahahahahahahaha
  • prinz02 says:
    June 25, 2014 10:22 pm
    I new ghanains hated Nigerians but 4 a journalist or website 2 do same,its unfair..Wen 9ja drew Iran,dis site uploaded it immediately n criticized d eagles..wen dey beat bosnia,dis same site failed 2 report it here....In as much as we r rivals,we shud alwaz try n apr8 a gud tin wen we C 1..mayb dats Y ghana male national team hasn't won AFCON in ova 2 decades...slowly bt steady dis team is progressing,haters go chop shit...
  • prinz02 says:
    June 26, 2014 12:52 am
    Lyk seriosly,r U guys truly ghanaians?cos an average ghanaian h8 anytin made in Nigeria...Ma earlier connents has bin deleted by ur GSN...lolz,wack journalism...wait until GH crash out 2mrw n c wat ll hapn here....4 nw,chop shiittt..eagles r flyn
  • innocent says:
    June 26, 2014 06:32 am
    Don't use the word "we". You are not one of us as your comment clearly show.
  • innocent says:
    June 26, 2014 06:35 am
    Great display by nigeria. Musa was spectacular. We wish all who wish us well success.
  • innocent says:
    June 26, 2014 06:36 am
    People like you are not needed in our country.
  • MythBuster says:
    June 26, 2014 07:57 am
    ....Nigeria has a creepy and systematic way of playing football,hate or love them,they always find a way of over coming challenges,'i doff my hat for them'!since years past Nigeria has been making African continent proud!....the task at hand,is to make sure our dear Ghana wins Portugal,Blackstar go all out,you can do it.As a Ghanain,we should stop all this unneccessary rivalry against Nigeria,take it or leave it,Nigeria is the eye through which the whole world access Africa both in every facet of life.
  • samedge says:
    June 26, 2014 09:15 am
    @ Benito, my brother someone is using my Id to insult people at this site but I bet u that person will regret it.