Nigeria v Argentina, 25 June 2014

Score3-2 to Argentina
RefereeNicola Rizzoli
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group F
VenueEstadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance43,285
Kick-off 1.00pm local Man of the Match: Lionel Messi (Argentina) Assistant referees: Renato Faverani (Italy) Andrea Stefani (Italy) Fourth official: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) Fifth official: Kim Haglund (Norway) The two teams had met in six previous matches, including three times in the FIFA World Cup group stage, all won by Argentina (1994: 2–1; 2002: 1–0; 2010: 1–0). Before the match, Nigeria were the only team yet to concede in the tournament, but their defence were breached inside three minutes when Ángel Di María's shot hit the post and Lionel Messi slammed home the rebound. Nigeria, which would qualify for the knockout stage if they gained a point or if Iran failed to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in the other match, equalised within a minute, when Michel Babatunde fed Ahmed Musa, and he cut inside and curled the ball into the net. Messi put Argentina in front in first half injury time with a direct free kick, but Musa equalised once again early in the second half, after playing a one-two with Emmanuel Emenike and scored. Argentina, which needed only a point to win the group, then scored the game winner when a corner from Ezequiel Lavezzi was flicked on by an Ezequiel Garay header and Marcos Rojo scored with his knee. Argentina won the group with a perfect record of three wins out of three, while Nigeria were able to qualify as group runners-up despite losing as Iran also lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the other match. Musa became the first Nigerian player to score more than once in a World Cup match.

2  Nigeria

Manager: Stephen Keshi

3  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

Goals:

Ahmed Musa 4 G
Ahmed Musa 47 G

Goals:

Lionel Messi 3 G
Lionel Messi 45 G
Marcos Rojo 50 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama
Defender Efe Ambrose
Defender Kenneth Omeruo
Defender Juwon Oshaniwa
Defender/Midfielder Joseph Yobo (captain)
Midfielder Michael Babatunde
Midfielder John Obi Mikel
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi
Forward Ahmed Musa

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Ezequiel Garay
Defender Marcos Rojo
Defender Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder Angel Di Maria
Midfielder Fernando Gago
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)
Forward Sergio Agüero

Substitutions:

Michael Uchebo for Michael Babatunde 66
Uche Nwofor for Peter Odemwingie 80

Substitutions:

Ezequiel Lavezzi for Sergio Agüero 38
Ricardo Alvarez for Lionel Messi 63
Lucas Biglia for Gonzalo Higuaín 90

Cards:

Kenneth Omeruo 49 Y
Juwon Oshaniwa 51 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper Austin Ejide
Defender Odunlami Kunle
Defender Godfrey Oboabona
Midfielder Ramon Azeez
Midfielder Rueben Gabriel
Midfielder Ejike Uzoenyi
Forward Shola Ameobi
Forward Uche Nwofor
Forward Michael Uchebo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper Agustin Orion
Defender Jose Basanta
Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Augusto Fernández
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Forward Hugo Campagnaro
Forward Rodrigo Palacio