The Super Eagles of Nigeria will today (Tuesday) battle Argentina in their final Group D match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup, as they seek to earn their first ever win against the South Americans at the mundial.
After kicking off their campaign on a disappointing note with a 2-0 defeat to Croatia, the Eagles revived their World Cup hopes by beating Iceland with the same scoreline in their second game.
They now have only the Argentines in their way of reaching the next round of the Russia showpiece, as a defeat for the Eagles will take them out of the competition.
Both sides are meeting for the fifth time at the World Cup, and Argentina have won in all of the previous meetings.
In 1994 they defeated Nigeria 2-1. Nigeria then suffered 1-0 defeats in 2002 and 2010, on the back of goals from Gabriel Batistuta and Gabriel Heinze respectively, and in 2014 they also lost 3-2.
A win in the 2018 edition for the Super Eagles will ensure they join group leaders Croatia to reach the last 16.
The team’s manager Gernot Rohr remains confident that his lads can finish with a favourable result, and hopes they get off to a flying start from the beginning of the game.
“I hope there will not be any mistakes from my young players against Argentina tomorrow,” Rohr told a media conference on Monday evening.
“They (Argetina) have to win and a kind of draw can be good for us. We also want to win. It will be a spectacular game tomorrow.
“We have two organizations. We can play 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 we can also play 3-5-2 like we did against Croatia and like we did against Argentina in November last year.
“I hope that the beginning of the game will be much better than the last two games. I hope that my players will be ready from the start of the game.”
The game kicks off by 7:00p.m (Nigerian time) at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia.
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