Brazil 2014 World Cup | Nigeria vs. Argentina

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another day of football. Here, as always, I’ll copy in the quotes made by football commentators based on the game from BBC Sport, plus I’ll also add my own thoughts on the match as it unfolds.

Nigeria 2-3 Argentina

 

…and we have kick off!!! Now today’s matches I hope are interesting, as the draw between Costa Rica and England yesterday wasn’t all it seemed, so let’s all hope today is a better day for us all.

WHAT A FANTASTIC START TO THE MATCH, 3 MINUTES IN AND ALREADY ARGENTINA HAVE SCORED, ALL THANKS TO THE MAN HIMSELF, LIONEL MESSI :-).

3 MINUTES AFTER ARGENTINA SCORED, NIGERIA EQUALISE WITH A GOAL STRIKE OF 1-1 AGAINST ARGENTINA (MUSA – 4′)

THIS IS SETTING OUT TO BE A REALLY CLOSE SHAVE FOR ONE OF THESE TWO TEAMS PLAYING, THAT WAS FANTASTIC, AN ASTOUNDING PERFORMANCE FROM THE PLAYERS!!!!!!!!

Former England Captain Rio Ferdinand: “Messi…ruthless!”

Tom Rostance: “That’s the ‘drawing of lots’ conundrum out of the window anyway. That cannot now happen. A much quieter start in Salvador, where Edin Dzeko has had an early shot saved.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Helles Mammut: What a goal from Nigeria! Not intimidated at all!

Will Jackson: I’m predicting a 5-5 draw between Nigeria and Argentina. You heard it here first.

Former Premier League Striker Jason Roberts: “That’s three goals for Lionel Messi and you just have the feeling this is going to be his tournament. Peter Odemwingie didn’t track his man back. And then that is what this World Cup is so exciting. Teams are really going for it. This is going to be another fantastic match. That was a brilliant goal by Musa.”

Lionel Messi of Argentina scores his team's first goal
Credit: BBC Sport

James in London on text: This World Cup is absolutely crazy! Epitomised in that opening 3 minutes.

Tom Rostance: “Newsflash: Lionel Messi is decent. Angel Di Maria hits a swerving shot which Vincent Enyeama can only parry out, and Messi then skips past two defenders on the D and finds Gonzalo Higuain. He tries to round Enyeama but shoots wide. Messi is well up for this…Decent chance for Bosnia as midfield trickster Miralem Pjanic has his shirt tugged after a lovely jink on the left of the box. Free-kick in a good area, but it’s wasted.”

BBC World’s John Bennett on Twitter: “The Nigeria express” with a fantastic goal! What a response from #NGA and Ahmed Musa. This #ARG defence is there to be got at…

Jason Roberts: “Lionel Messi looks like he is ready for business. Yes, he has been deciding matches but he hasn’t taken games over at this World Cup the way we know he can. But he looks really motivated out there. He’s talking to his team-mates and Nigeria don’t know how to deal with him.”

Tom Rostance: “Lionel Messi has now hit nine goals in his last eight games for Argentina as he translates club form to country. Is he finally grabbing a tournament like we know he can do? Three in three.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Mark Levy: What a start #ARG v #NGR! This is football. Let’s face it, no one is missing England.

Scott Kelly: Messi is thriving in that central position playing behind Higuain/Aguero. Keep it like this the Argies could go all the way.

Andrew Roulston: Messi, Higuain, Aguero, Di Maria and have Lavezzi on the bench. Argentina have to be favourites for the World Cup now.

Tom Rostance: “Porto Alegre is dancing to the Argentine beat, their fans are so loud, it’s a truly impressive effort. As it stands both of these sides will be going through. Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez of Colombia are the only players to score in all three group games.”

Steve Claridge of BBC Radio 5 Live: “Iran are still lucky to still be in this and have been pretty negative. Bosnia have completely dominated from the start.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Mark: Just listening to the various result scenarios between Bosnia v Iran & Nigeria v Argentina. Head melting conversation

Tom Rostance: “Lionel Messi whips in a free-kick from deep, John Mikel Obi has to stretch to meet it and almost heads into his own net, testing goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama but the Lille keeper makes the stop.”

Jason Roberts: “Nigeria are doing a good job so far and are really showing ambition on the ball. They just need to be a little bit careful when they lose it.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Paddy Emmerson: What a start and what a way to get everyone’s mind back on the football. #Messi proving why he is the best in the World.

Tunde Giwa: Super Eagles will go very far in this tournament. Fearless, firm, gritty, unblinking, unintimidated, unshrinking, unyielding…

Tom Rostance: “A very open and entertaining game in Porto Alegre. Argentina’s magic four up front are combining at will, while Peter Odemwingie has thrashed a left-footer over the top from 20 yards. More goals in this one. More goals in this World Cup…Sammy Ameobi, Newcastle United winger and brother of Nigeria striker Shola, onTwitter: Single greatest experience so far. That’s how good the atmosphere in Porto Alegre is, it’s even better than scoring at Scunthorpe…What a hit! Another piledriver from Angel Di Maria, forcing Vincent Enyeama into a flying save.”

Nigeria
Credit: BBC Sport and Samuel Ameobi ©

Jason Roberts: “Nigeria are doing what Iran and Bosnia have been able to do and that’s stifle Argentina for large parts of the game. They’re stifling that space in central midfield where Messi wants to drift into. They’ve done a good job of making it hard for Argentina.”

Tom Rostance: “Iran have had a real go since going behind. Asmir Begovic has to make a great save to keep out a deflection from his own defender, but the flag was up for offside. Iran throwing men at this one though.”

Tommi on text: Sorry, but why did Iran set up for a 0-0 draw when they had to win? Seems pretty ridiculous to me…

Tom Rostance: “Sergio Aguero hammers a shot into a forest of legs as Argentina look for a second. 100mph stuff. Look away now, Manchester City fans. Sergio Aguero is coming off with another injury. He just hasn’t been able to get himself right for months now and it’s another niggle. He can leave the field under his own steam but he’s tweaked something. Ezequiel Lavezzi is on in his place. Aguero looks gutted.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Mac Jerry: Am i the only one who thinks Vincent Enyeama should play in the Premier League. Two clean sheets already?

Jason Roberts: “It certainly wasn’t a challenge on Sergio Aguero. He just went down in the middle of the pitch. If it’s a muscle injury, it’s a sickening feeling.”

THE MAN HIMSELF DID IT AGAIN WOOHOO, YOU GO MESSI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (45′ + 1)

2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! NOW THIS SECOND HALF OF THE FIRST MATCH IS GOING TO PUT A LOT OF INTENSE PRESSURE ON BOTH TEAMS, DESPITE THE FIRST HALF BEING THE BEST FOR ARGENTINA.

2 MINUTES INTO THE SECOND HALF AND NIGERIA HAVE ALREADY GOT THE SECOND EQUALISER IN THE BAG (AHMED MUSA – 47′)

Jason Roberts: “Musa has done a Messi and scored twice. Nigeria will not give up on this game. What a cracker.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

John McEnerney: Barcelona fans won’t be happy with Messi, he really didn’t put the effort in last season! Saving himself for this, Rivaldo did same in 02!

Owain Morgan: Backing Benzema to overtake both Messi and Neymar with two goals against Ecuador later.

Matt Donnelly: This is Messi’s World Cup but regardless of what happens the joy people get from watching him has cemented his legend status.

Tom Rostance: “Have some of that! Great hit from Angel Di Maria thrashes in a powerful shot from range and it’s turned away for a corner.”

GOAL!!! 4 MINUTES AFTER THE SECOND HALF STARTED, ARGENTINA STRIKE IT LUCKY A THIRD TIME BY BREAKING OUT OF THE EQUALISER WITH A 2-3 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST NIGERIA!!! (Marcos Rojo – 49′)

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Donald Oluoch: Another extraordinary start to the Argentina-Nigeria second half. Got to love football.

Chris Gilbert: Argentina’s attack looks great with Messi, and they could go far, but their defence looks suspect, which may be a problem.

Jason Roberts: “Fantastic goal or really bad defending? Could the keeper have come and got it? Everyone has missed the ball and Rojo has put it in with his knee.”

Tom Rostance: “Breathless stuff. Juwon Oshaniwa is booked for a reckless lunge on Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lionel Messi then flings a cross in which Vincent Enyeama has to come and claim, and the keeper then beats clear another low ball. The fans are making a monumental din…You’ve not missed much in the other game – Iran do manage a rare attack but Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah can’t get the shot off.”

Stats provider Infostrada Sports on Twitter: Lionel Messi joins Diego Maradona (1986 QF and SF) as the only players to score four World Cup goals in a row for Argentina.

Mo from Manchester on text: Well I was sad for England…for a day, but I’m over it!! What a game, surely best of tournament so far! Got to love the World Cup!

Tom Rostance: “Lionel Messi hasn’t just come to the party, he’s brought all the drinks and turned up with a car full of girls. On his A-game now, he skips away from two men across the field and eventually is fouled. This is what every neutral – and 200,000 Argentine fans in the city of Porto Aleger – want to see…”

Jason Roberts: “Messi is really dictating play now and Nigeria have to find a way to stop him. He has really come to this World Cup party. Could we about to witness a Messi hat-trick?”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Former United States defender Alexi Lalas on Twitter: Defending is dead. Long live defending.

Tom Rostance: “Nigeria are losing but going through, and it’s end-to-end stuff in Porto Alegre. A Nigeria corner is not dealt with and it falls to John Mikel Obi – but his shot is as tame as it gets. Rank.”

BBC Match of the Day commentator Dave Woods: “The last meeting between the two sides in Sarajevo in 2009, Iran won 3-2 having been 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go. Some hope perhaps for Iran?”

Pjanic
Credit: BBC Sport

Tom Rostance: “We won’t get a Lionel Messi hat-trick, as he is rested for the last half an hour. What an ovation! He won’t get louder than that. It’s probably sensible to give him a break, as Ricardo Alvarez of Inter is on.”

Messi
Credit: BBC Sport

Jason Roberts: “That’s the first time I have seen Lionel Messi play live and that was an education. What a fantastic player. It’s been a pleasure watching him.”

Messi
Credit: BBC Sport

Tom Rostance: “Sadly, Lionel Messi will now never get the chance of an education by watching Jason play live. Bosnia almost sneak in a freak third as Sead Kolasinac hits a low cross which deflects off a defender and hits the base of the post. Bosnia looking comfortable, they’ve played pretty well in all three games and will be pleased to go back with a win.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Helles Mammut: Arrogant and presumptuous move by Sabella. I hope Nigeria score two so that Argentina finish second in the group.

Mark Hendrikx: Seems that the Argentine defence is still susceptible to leaking goals…. Bodes well for Netherlands in the semis?

Graham Wood: Nigeria need a bit of Shola power to get a draw here. Bring on the Fenham Eusebio!

Tom Rostance: “There’s the first few signs of tiredness creeping in, this one has been played at Premier League pace throughout. I wouldn’t rule out another goal or two, Nigeria still committing plenty of men forwards. If Netherlands meet Argentina, I demand that we get Barry Davies back on comms, and have him alongside Dennis Bergkamp…Into the last 20 minutes then. These two sides are heading through to the last 16, and nobody will want to face Argentina and their fans…Ahmed Musa is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a World Cup game, and he has a glimpse of a third as he meets a low cross with a cracking connection. It goes very hard, but also very high.”

Bergkamp
Credit: BBC Sport

Jason Roberts: “It’s a little bit like when Neymar came off for Brazil against Cameroon, there’s been a bit of a lull from Argentina since Messi went off.”

ShaunBhoy14 on text: Such a special talent from Messi.. Unbelievable! Player of the tournament so far.

John in Kent: England who? Oh yeah… Already forgotten, anyway, what a World Cup …

Tom Rostance: “Carlos Quieroz bows out as Iran coach today and he’s not happy about a challenge in midfield from Muhamed Besic. Iran have been organised and hard working but they’ve lacked any real quality. They will go again, I’m sure…”

Jason Roberts: “Nigeria are not showing the same intensity as they were. They probably know they’re going through, but there’s more in this game for them if they really want it.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Sarah Morgan: Bosnia-Hercegovina are quite a good watch now they have gone back to the style which got them a World Cup place. Hope they maintain it and get to Euros.

Tom Rostance: “Great break, great defending! Ahmed Musa eyes up a hat-trick after cutting inside Pablo Zabaleta with a cracking touch, he pulls the trigger but Manchester City man Zabaleta then makes a goal-saving block. Brilliant from the likeable right-back. Close for Iran! Charlton man Reza Ghoochannejhad drags a shot just wide from 10 yards out. And there it is! Iran have their first goal of the tournament as that man Reza Ghoochannejhad is left all alone at the back stick to steer in. Iran went big – too big! They throw men forwards and are instantly caught on the break, right-back Avdija Vrsajevic getting into the box and lashing in off the far post. Bosnia are going to win this.”

Iran
Credit: BBC Sport
Avdija Vrsajevic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shoots and scores
Credit: BBC Sport

BBC Match of the Day commentator Dave Woods: “It was only a glimmer of a hope for Iran and Iranian hearts were then broken just as they started to beat again.”

Degsy B on text: Isn’t it lovely to see Messi and the Nigerian goalkeeper sharing some fun during a tense game…what sport is all about and not the stuff of last night.

Tom Rostance: “The goals just keep coming. That’s 21 goals in four games in Salvador now…Into the last five minutes of these games. Another nine goals so far, plenty of entertainment and more Messi magic…”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Cephas .O. Omaku: The closing 25 minutes of this match proves that Argentina-Messi= Beatable.

Jason Roberts: “I can’t see Argentina having too many problems against either Switzerland or Ecuador in the last 16. But if you are one of those sides then you will be saying ‘let’s get our quickest player up against Zabaleta and see what we can do’.”

Tom Rostance: “Angel Di Maria is a spent force. He sprints a full 60 yards as Argentina clear a corner and is dead on his feet. He has got some engine…”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Vavavoom: This is the first time i’ve ever seen Mikel look anything other than a cone for running around/into..been tidy and his touch has been class.

Tom Rostance: “Into the last minute or so now. A cracking game, and Group F is about to be wrapped up.”

Bosnia-Herzegovina"s defender Emir Spahic and Bosnia-Herzegovina"s midfielder Muhamed Besic celebrate
Credit: BBC Sport

FULL TIME, THANK YOU FOR KEEPING UPDATED TO THIS BLOG FEED AS THE MATCH UNFOLDED, MAKE SURE TO CHECK BACK AT 9:00PM FOR THE MATCH BETWEEN ECUADOR AND FRANCE.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED :-).

-ALEX SMITHSON

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