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World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Nigeria vs. Argentina

World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Nigeria vs. Argentina

Match Date: 25 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre

(Featured Image: Argentina | Source: FIFA)

 

In this clash, Nigeria need the victory more as their seeding for the Round of 16 is not yet sealed. However, Argentina will not feel complacent about simply advancing through the next stage with just two victories at hand. They would want all their group stage matches to end in triumph.

 

Nigeria

Nigeria pulled off a controversial victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina to place them second above Iran in the group table and eliminating their European rivals from the competition. The victory was besieged with criticisms, particular the one stemming from the New Zealand referee wrongly disallowing an Edin Dzeko effort in the first half. Peter Odemwingie’s strike in the 29th minute was the only goal considered valid in the match, which marooned the scoring to 1-0 until full time. It was not a genuinely sweet triumph for Nigeria, but it certainly provided the side a three-point advantage to advance through the Knockout round.

 

Argentina

A clean sheet over Iran secured Argentina’s berth in the Round of 16. The victory was not necessarily among the side’s most spectacular in any international competition but it was noted for its thrill especially on extra time. Albiceleste and their Asian rivals were held in a deadlock in the first 90 minutes, suggesting excellent defenses from both teams. In the 91st minute, however, talisman Lionel Messi excellently struck the match’s only goal and put the final decision largely favoring the South American side.

 

World Cup betting tip: Argentina will earn all the spoils.

 
 
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