The Super Eagles of Nigeria claimed a memorable 4-2 win over Argentina in their first pre World Cup friendly game decided in Russia.
Owngoalnigeria.com Maxwell Pius who covered the game rates the players on display for Nigeria.
Daniel Akpeyi : Didn’t look comfortable in goal, jittery all through the first half he was on. School boy error lead to the freekick which gave Argentina the opener, fail to arrange his wall properly hence was beaten easily…… 3/10
Leon Balogun : Balogun didn’t have one of his best game for Nigeria, struggled as the left sided central defender in the Eagles 3-5-2 formation, but recovered brilliantly in the second half before he was substituted…… 5.5/10
William Troost-Ekong – By far the best defender for Nigeria on this day. Solid in tackles, strong in aerial duels, read and intercept dangerous balls with the calmness of a seasoned defender. Bright future ahead of him…… 8.5/10
Chidozie Awaziem – Very comfortable with the ball at his feet and also in aerial duels. Not scared of putting in a tackle. His performance will no doubt banish the ghost of his poor debut against South Africa in Uyo…… 8/10
Shehu Abdullahi – Took up promising positions from an unusual role as right wing-back but failed to use the ball wisely. Solid as usual but looked lost playing further up the pitch…… 4.5/10
Ola Aina – Another player who started the game on a high note but got caught out of position severally, struggled as a left wing-back and didn’t have same impact like he did in his previous games…… 4/10
John Ogu – Strong and solid in aerial duels. Put in a commendable shift in the middle. Used the ball well and got forward only when he ought to.. He has definitely come to stay in the Eagles…… 8/10
Wilfred Ndidi – What else have not been said about the Leicester City defensive midfielder. Wins balls with ease, covers lot of grounds. He is the type of player every team need in the midfield.….. 8.5/10
Mikel Obi – The captain had a far better second half than the first 45 minutes. Held on to the ball brilliantly, brought others into play with ease and also won his own fair share of possession……. 7.5/10
Alex Iwobi – Man of the Match not just for his brace, but also for his general contribution. Took his goals with the class expected of a player of Arsenal, particularly the second goal where he left Javier Mascherano flummoxed before rifling home a left foot effort…… 9/10
Kelechi Iheanacho – Scored the most vital goal for Nigeria to help them reduce the deficit going into the half time break. His expertly taken freekick goal worked positives on his confidence as he had a better second half……. 8/10
Brian Idowu – Scored on his debut , slotted into the team effortlessly and was effective at both ends of the pitch. He looked quite at home in the colours of Nigeria…… 6/10
Tyronne Ebuehi – Quick, technical and very well adept at taking positions in the opponents half. Won all of his tackles and also initiated attacks which pegged the Argentines to their half…… 7/10
Francis Uzoho – A finger tip save over the bar capped what was generally a comfortable debut for the 19 year old. Barked out instructions, took crosses with ease and also distributed the ball from the rear with ease…… 6/10
Ahmed Musa – Didn’t look match rusty, considering he hasn’t played a single league game for Leicester City this season, set up Iwobi for the goal that took the game away from Argentina…… 5.5/10
Kenneth Omeruo – Slotted into the back three with ease and did a very good job in sniffing out threats from the Argentine when they laid siege on the Nigerian goal…… 6.5/10
Olarewaju Kayode – Didn’t do enough to earn a rating in the game.