Nairabet Preview: Argentina - Nigeria: Back La Albiceleste for victory without Messi

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The Paris Saint-Germain forward is no stranger to the Nigerian team as he has been involved in previous encounters between both countries.

Nineteen year old Uzoho impressed with his reading of ball across the box, same thing Ikechukwu Ezenwa struggled with against Algeria in the 1-1 draw on Friday.

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has warned Argentina they will be up this evening against a much improved Nigeria team.

"We shouldn't be humiliated by their array of stars but be calm and play to the coach's instructions. Argentina will always be Argentina", Adepoju said.

Messi played the full duration of the first match in Moscow on Saturday as a late Sergio Aguero goal secured a 1-0 win over Russia at the newly refurbished Luzhniki Stadium.

"He is the one who moves the ball in the team but other players are equally good, so when we're talking about their striking area, the midfield and the defence, our boys [Super Eagles] must be at their best".

Among the games that readily comes to mind was Di Maria's delightful chip over U-23 Eagles keeper Ambrose Vanzekin in the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympic football event.

Ogu, who opened scoring for the Nigeria, just after the hour mark when he superbly rifled in a curling left foot belter beyond goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, before the referee manufactured a penalty to give the Algerians a late equalizer.

Amuneke recalled that most times South American teams have posed stumbling blocks to Nigeria at the World Cup.

He commended Rohr for giving young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho a chance at the big stage, and called on the Eagles coach to use the tie to correct technical deficiencies in his side.