Sorry for the late post match article, so here is my take on this game.
Even before the kick off I knew this game is going to have extravaganza feel as while the players were lining up inside before walking into the field, you could hear the loud chant “Ole Ole Argentina” coming from the fans who made the trip.
That itself is an indication that Porto Alegre has been transformed into Porto Argentino!
Whether you’re a fan of Argentina or Nigeria or just a neutral who is just watching the game; you couldn’t have ask for better start with 2 goals in a space of a minute.
Angel DI MARIA unleashed a shot that hit the post which rebounded back and forth at Nigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent ENYEAMA before bouncing right into the path of Lionel MESSI, who perfectly drive it with his left foot to give Argentina the lead.
Guess what, MESSI scoring his 3rd goal in 3 matches in the 3rd minute, 333?
But the lead didn’t last long as Ahmed MUSA responded with a beautiful curling shot that stretch beyond Sergio ROMERO to level the score.
Kun AGUERO didn’t last long as he had pulled something and had to be replaced with Ezequiel LAVEZZI. I must say that I felt we became a bit livelier after this replacement.
Argentine kept the pressure on Nigeria but just like in the previous meeting, ENYEAMA was up to the task to stop any attempt at goal including a MESSI free kick just before the break.
But shortly after that another free kick, and once again MESSI stepped up to take with ENYEAMA standing his way but this time the ball just gracefully went it to ensure Argentina go into half time with a 2-1 lead.
That didn’t hamper the Nigerians spirit as they quickly responded right after the break. Emmanuel EMENIKE providing a defense splitting pass to whom else but Ahmed MUSA who again brilliantly scores his second goal of the game.
But Argentina did have answer as moment later, LAVEZZI took a corner from which Ezequiel GARAY flicked it to Marcos ROJO who scored off his thigh from close range. The result remain as it is until the final whistle.
But in the end, with Bosnia leading at Iran in the other match; means both teams progress through to the round of 16.
Now waiting for us, will be Switzerland but we will discuss about them later as we celebrate our 100% record win from this group.