The Super Eagles, on Tuesday, confirmed that their soaring ratings were no illusion as they whipped former world champions Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly.
In the match played in the Russian city of Krasnodar, the Super Eagles fought back from two goals down to win. The South Americans went ahead through Spain-based Ever Banega who scored from a free kick after 28 minutes. Manchester City’s high-scoring forward, Sergio Aguerro, extended their lead in the 37th minute.
Aguerro’s former teammate, Kelechi Iheanacho, reduced the tally seven minutes later after scoring from a free-kick, for the scoreline at half-time to look 2-1 in favour of Argentina. The Nigerian side made quick changes at the start of second half, bringing in Sylvester Ebuehi, Francis Uzoho and Bryan Idowu going in for Shehu Abdullahi, Daniel Akpeyi and Ola Aina.
Four minutes after the restart, the changes seemed to have paid off as Alex Iwobi drew Nigeria level. The Eagles continued to step on the throttle, and were soon rewarded when Idowu made it a glorious debut for himself with Nigeria’s third goal in the 53rd minute. With the clock winding down, Iwobi made it a brace for himself to make it 4-2 in the 76th minute, after beating a defender off an Ahmed Musa pass.