“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat _ Anais Nin
Over 150 million Nigerians are truly known for defeat against the southern American giant Argentina in FIFA world cup for some decades.
Super eagles of Nigeria has played against la Albiceleste of Argentina five times in FIFA world cup and all ends in defeat.
The encounter started in 1994 where eagles make her debut in world biggest football event. The team was managed by Clemens westerhof where eagles topped the group after beating Bulgaria and Greece and lost to Argentina 2 goals to one.
In 2002, super eagles were drawn into group F with power house Sweden, Argentina and England. Argentina was eagles first game and lost again to the southern American team a goal to nil.
Eight years later Nigeria faced Argentina and Heinze 5th minute goal destroys the heart of over 150 million Nigerians.
Super eagles played against their world cup rival in Brazil 2014 where Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa booked brace each in the encounter.
Lionel Messi scored in the 3rd minute to give Argentina the lead and almost instantly the super eagles equalized with a fine finish by Ahmed Musa. Messi again gave la Albiceleste the lead back just before half time and in the second half Musa leveled the game out again only Marcos Rojo to put Argentina 3-2 ahead minutes later.
Russia 2018 should be a revenge for Eagles after the management of Nigeria football spend more money on the team than any other Nigeria team at the world cup but the Turkish referee denied eagles for progressing to the next round.
Marcus Rojo’s stunning finish four minutes from time kept Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive to see off Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday and set up a last 16 meeting with France.
Messi’s first goal of the tournament got the two-time winners off to a perfect start in Saint Petersburg, but Victor Moses’s 51st minute penalty had Jorge Sampaoli’s men headed for a humiliating group stage exit until Rojo’s late intervention.
The Manchester United defender, who had escaped conceding a second Nigerian penalty moments earlier after a controversial VAR review, thundered home Gabriel Mercado’s cross to send the under-fire Sampaoli running down the sidelines amid wild scenes of celebration.
Banega’s brilliant pass over the top of the Nigerian defence picked out Messi’s run perfectly and, after cushioning the ball on his thigh, the five-time world player of the year erased the frustrations of his World Cup so far with an arrowed right-foot finish into the far corner.
Higuaín just couldn’t flick the ball beyond the onrushing Francis Uzoho from a defence splitting pass before Uzoho then tipped a Messi free-kick onto the post.
Argentina escaped just before the break when no penalty was given for Rojo’s high challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho.
Nigeria felt that injustice was rectified just five minutes after the break, though, when this time Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir did point to the spot when Javier Mascherano tangled with Oghenekaro Etebo at a corner.
Moses confidently stepped up to send Franco Armani the wrong way on his international debut and Argentina back to square one.
There was further VAR controversy when Nigeria were denied a second penalty when Rojo headed onto his own arm before substitute Odion Ighalo fired wide.
Ighalo missed another glorious chance when he shot too close to Armani and Nigeria were made to pay for their profligacy from the most unlikely source.
Sergio Aguero had been thrown on from the bench to join Messi and Higuaín in attack, but it was Rojo who produced a striker’s finish on his weaker right foot to spark delirious scenes of celebration among the tens of thousands of Argentines in the stands.
However, super eagles have defeated the la Albiceleste in friendly match, eagles defeated Argentina 4-1, 4-2 in 2011 and 2017 respectively. Argentina also beat Nigeria in September, 2011 international friendly 3 goals to one.