Nigeria 4-2 Argentina player ratings: Iwobi a perfect ten


Nigeria came from two goals down to defeat Argentina 4-2 owing to the brilliance of Alex Iwobi in an International Friendly match played in Krasnodar, Russia.

Banega scored from a free-kick after a horror moment by Daniel Akpeyi. The Albiceleste increased their lead on 36 minutes when Sergio Aguero tapped home a cross by Cristian Pavon.

The Super Eagles began the come back late in the second half when Kelechi Iheanacho scored from a free-kick after Iwobi was brought down by Mascherano. A brace by Iwobi and substitute Brian Idowu on his debut turned the game around as the Super Eagles recorded a memorable victory over Argentina but how did the players fared overall? Here are our player ratings:

3 Daniel Akpeyi: Had a nightmare in the first half as his shocking decision to handle the ball outside the area led to Banega scoring from the direct free-kick.

Troost-Ekong: Had a fantastic second half in keeping Dario Benedetto at bay despite having had a slow start

6 Leon Balogun: Was slow in reacting to the through ball to Pavon in the build-up to Argentina’s second goal. Overall, he worked his socks of before he was replaced by Omeruo in the second half.

7 Chidozie Awaziem: Slotted in well into the left centre-back role in the back three deployed by Rohr. Made several clearances and handled the threat posed by Paulo Dybala quite well.

6 Shehu Abdullahi: Never afraid to get stuck in, the Anorthosis Famagusta midfielder cum right back provided an outlet on the right in the 45mins he played.

7 Wilfred Ndidi: Kept running, chasing and harrying Enzo Perez and Ever Banega all evening. If you need a workhorse in midfield, Ndidi is the man.

7 John Ogu: Grabbed his chance to stake a claim for a run in the first team with both hands, lying deep in midfield and shackling the Argentine midfield.

8 Mikel Obi: Yet again, He displayed how important he is to this young Eagles side. Though he didn’t see much of the ball in the first half, he was his assured, composed self in the second.

Ola Aina: Failed to track back for Argentina’s second goal and could do better with staying true to his defensive duties.

Kelechi Iheanacho: A goal and two assists, a perfect night’s work for the Leicester City man. His goal from a free-kick late in the first half began the comeback on a memorable night he will never forget.

10 Alex Iwobi: Hardly put a foot wrong all night. He won the free-kick which led to Nigeria’s first goal and scored an expertly taken second, his third was the icing on the cake as he nutmeg-ed Mascherano before he picked his spot.


Francis Uzoho: Looked interestingly not overawed by the occasion seeing he was making his debut. Was imperious in the air too, great cameo for the 19-year-old.

Brian Idowu: what better way to announce yourself on your debut than scoring a goal against Lionel Messi’s Argentina? Other than him taking his goal well he looked better defending as compared to his compatriot Aina.

Tyronne Ebuehi: Came on for Shehu Abdullahi and quickly acclimatized to the tempo of the game.

7 Kenneth Omeruo: Came on for the legged Leon Balogun. He was commanding in the air especially when the Albiceleste opted for crossing the ball for the big Dario Benedetto.

Ahmed Musa: He replaced Iheanacho on 70 minutes and held his own on the right wing.

Kayode Olarenwaju: N/A


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