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Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him

Posted Saturday, June 30, 2018 by ESPN104 hits

Cezaro De Luca/Getty Images Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli says he was informing rather than consulting Lionel Messi in an exchange during the team's last World Cup match that some media interpreted as him ceding authority to the celebrated forward. Much has been made of the footage of the discussion before Sampaoli brought on striker Sergio Aguero as a substitute during the 2-1 win over Niger...Full Story »

Marcos Rojo hits late winner as Argentina reach last 16 with win over Nigeria

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PA46 hits

Marcos Rojo was Argentina’s unlikely saviour as the South Americans beat Nigeria 2-1 to advance to the last 16 of the World Cup.The Manchester United defender volleyed home Gabriel Mercardo’s right-wing cross four minutes from time to book a knock-out clash against France.Nigeria had been on the verge of progressing instead after Victor Moses’ penalty early in the second half h...Full Story »

Nigeria 1 Argentina 2: Late Rojo stunner saves Messi's men

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Goal.com130 hits

Lionel Messi's Argentina will be in the World Cup's knockout rounds, but it was Marcos Rojo who was the unlikeliest of heroes. Marcos Rojo was Argentina's unlikely hero as his stunning late winner secured a 2-1 defeat of Nigeria that keeps Lionel Messi's side in the World Cup. The Super Eagles were heading through to the last 16 at Argentina's expense with four minutes to go of the final Gro...Full Story »

Nigeria(N) vs Argentina - Significance of Nigeria match not lost on Argentina boss

Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by PA175 hits

Under pressure Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli admits his side face a “momentous” must-win clash with Nigeria.Argentina know only a victory will do if they are to avoid a humiliating exit from the group stages.They currently lie bottom of Group D with a solitary point to their name following a draw with Iceland and the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Croatia.Yet Sampaoli remains convinced h...Full Story »

Gernot Rohr thinks Nigeria are ahead of schedule in team’s development

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PA41 hits

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes his team will not peak for another four years despite his side’s 2-0 win against Group D rivals Iceland.Leicester striker Ahmed Musa’s second-half double in Volgograd kick-started Nigeria’s World Cup after defeat to Croatia in their opening match.The Super Eagles’ win means they, Argentina, who they face in their final match, and Ic...Full Story »

Nigeria 2 Iceland 0: Musa brace boosts Super Eagles & Argentina

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2018 by Goal.com97 hits

Argentina can still qualify for the last 16 by beating Nigeria after the Super Eagles earned a 2-0 win over Iceland in Group D. Ahmed Musa struck both goals as Nigeria boosted their World Cup qualification hopes with a 2-0 defeat of Iceland, a result that is also good news for Argentina. Lionel Messi's team were pushed to the brink of an early exit after a stunning 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thu...Full Story »

Ahmed Musa at the double as Nigeria beat Iceland

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PA48 hits

Ahmed Musa scored twice as Nigeria bounced back from their opening defeat to beat Group D rivals Iceland 2-0.Leicester forward Musa opened the scoring early in the second half and fired home another brilliant goal in the 75th minute to put Nigeria in control.Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson missed an 83rd-minute penalty as Nigeria’s victory ensured they, Iceland and Argentina can all ...Full Story »

Croatia 2 Nigeria 0: Etebo own goal, Modric penalty settle tight clash

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Goal.com118 hits

Nigeria are bottom of Group D after Stoke City's new signing Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal in a 2-0 loss to Croatia. Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty. Midfielder Etebo, who joined Stoke City for €7.2million on Monday, turned a Modric corner into his own net aft...Full Story »

Croatia beat Nigeria to take full advantage of Argentina’s slip-up

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA39 hits

Croatia took the early initiative in Group D as they saw off Nigeria 2-0 in their World Cup opener at the Kaliningrad Stadium.With Iceland having held Argentina to a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday, Croatia took full advantage.An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo, set to play at Stoke next season, broke the deadlock just after the hour, with a penalty from captain Luca Modric with 20 minutes left secu...Full Story »

Nigerian fans not permitted into World Cup stadiums with live chickens

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Marca.com96 hits

The World Cup sees a myriad of different cultures and traditions mix in perfect harmony, however it's been confirmed that live chickens will not be allowed into the stadiums in Russia, which is bad news for Nigeria. Nigerian supporters have traditionally painted chickens green and white and taken them into the stadium because the birds are seen as a good luck charm. Andrei Yermak, the touri...Full Story »

Croatia vs Nigeria - Modric: Croatia’s golden generation under no extra pressure in Russia

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA115 hits

Luka Modric insists Croatia’s golden generation are under no extra pressure in Russia, even though it could be the last World Cup for several members of their talented squad.At 32, Real Madrid midfielder Modric – the shining Croatian light of his generation – could well be about to embark on his final World Cup.Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic...Full Story »

England 2 - 1 Nigeria: Kane strikes as England defeat Nigeria in World Cup warm-up

Posted Sunday, June 03, 2018 by BBC.com92 hits

Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his past seven England appearances England's World Cup build-up continued with a friendly win over Nigeria at Wembley. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill celebrated his return to England's squad and stepped up his claims for a starting place against Tunisia in Volgograd on 18 June by opening the scoring with a powerful header after only seven minutes. England's ...Full Story »

Maradona offers to return as Argentina boss in response to Nigeria loss

Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017 by ESPN111 hits

Diego Maradona stated his desire to have another coaching opportunity with the Argentina national team, after Tuesday's 4-2 defeat in a friendly against Nigeria. Nigeria fought back from two goals down in the match staged in Krasnodar, while Jorge Sampaoli's side were without Lionel Messi for their second of two matches in Russia. Maradona, a former Argentina captain and manager, published a...Full Story »

Argentina 2 Nigeria 4: Arsenal star Alex Iwobi nets brilliant brace to spare goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi's blushes

Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Thesun.co.uk120 hits

ARSENAL star Alex Iwobi bailed out goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi as Nigeria toyed with a Lionel Messi-less Argentina to win 4-2 at the Krasnodar Stadium. The shot-stopper bizarrely picked up the ball outside the box with Sergio Aguero closing him down on the edge of the penalty area. Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was at fault for the first goal scored by Argentina Midfielder Ever Banega scored...Full Story »

Chelsea news: Tammy Abraham insists England was always first choice over Nigeria

Posted Tuesday, November 07, 2017 by Dailystar.co.uk122 hits

Tammy Abraham has been called up to the England squad for the first time The striker, who is in Gareth Southgate's squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil, has represented England through the development sides but also qualified for Nigeria through his parents. His dad is a close friend of the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick. And several weeks ago he s...Full Story »

Fans watching Man United v Anderlecht electrocuted and killed in Nigeria

Posted Saturday, April 22, 2017 by Dreamteamfc.com99 hits

Man United have tweeted a tribute to fans in Calabar, Nigeria, who were killed while watching their Europa League game against Anderlecht last night. Thirty fans were killed at around 9.30pm local time when a nearby transformer exploded twice, electrocuting 30 fans, according to Vanguard. A high tension wire snapped and dropped on the viewing centre which was made of zinc. State Police Publ...Full Story »

Iwobi: No regrets over Nigeria decision

Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by foxsportsasia.com102 hits

Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi insists he has no regrets over his decision to represent Nigeria instead of England. The 19-year-old had previously made appearances at youth level for the Three Lions before playing in Nigeria’s 2-0 friendly win over Niger in October last year. The Lagos-born forward made his competitive debut for the Super Eagles in an African Cup of Nations qualifier last ...Full Story »

Nigerian Football Official Shot Dead

Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Football.co.uk158 hits

Nigerian football official Ibrahim Abubakar was shot dead by armed robbers on Wednesday morning, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced. The NFF said their head of protocol was killed by burglars in his house in Abuja. Tweets from @thenff read: "NFF's Head of Protocol Ibrahim Abubakar was shot dead by armed robbers in his house in Abuja in the early hours of today. Abubakar's remains ...Full Story »

Arsenal eyeing Chelsea’s £12m Nigerian star as Elneny alternative; Wenger spies midfield solution

Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Caughtoffside.com371 hits

John Obi Mikel's recent renaissance at Chelsea has caught the eye of no less than Arsene Wenger, with the Arsenal manager understood to be considering a move for the Nigerian midfielder. Inspired by the success of the deal for Petr Cech, when Wenger went against his typical habits and recruited an experienced, high-profile player from a fellow Premier League side, the French manager is unders...Full Story »

Man City great gives Pellegrini tactical Iheanacho advice as Nigerian wonderkid stars

Posted Wednesday, December 02, 2015 by Caughtoffside.com108 hits

Manchester City legend Rodney Marsh wants Manuel Pellegrini to give Kelechi Iheanacho a starting role following the wonderkid’s goal against Hull City. Wilfried Bony—standing in for the injured Sergio Aguero—opened the scoring after finishing off a deflection from a Kevin De Bruyne effort, before Iheanacho added a second on 80 minutes after coming on as a substitute. Kevin ...Full Story »

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