Alex Iwobi bagged a brace as Super Eagles fought back from 2-0 down against a star-studded Argentina to secure a stunning 4-2 friendly victory in Krasnodar.
The shocking turnaround came after Banega’s 28th-minute free-kick gave Argentina a merited lead – yet they needed help from goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to break the halt.
In the wake of poking the ball outside his own penalty spot, a thoughtless Akpeyi inquisitively enabled Aguero to rapidly close the gap, forcing the Manchester City forward to lift it up to prevent humiliation.
Akpeyi didn’t escape punishment for his blunder, as Ever Banega curled the subsequent free-kick into the net.
Aguero doubles it eight minutes after, tapping home Cristian Pavon’s low cross from the right, and at that stage, Argentina was drifting. Iheanacho’s free-kick in the first half gave them hope and the 2-1 result on the scoreboard did not last long after the break.
After the break, Nigeria changed their game-plan to try to overturn the contest. Said and done, Argentina suffered the wrath of the Super Eagles with two goals in very short succession.
Iwobi leveled the game after 52 minutes. The Arsenal forward puts away Iheanacho’s pass into the box to the Argentine’s dismay.
However, there was more to come. Two minutes later, it was 3-2 to Nigeria. Idowu finished off a fast-passing move to send the Nigerians into delirium.
Super Eagles were wild and only 90 seconds after the fact they were in front. A fresh, brisk move finished with Iheanacho patching on Idowu, and the substitute twisted the ball into the corner with his initial touch.
The Nigerian’s third goal incited a series of changes from Sampaoli and accordingly the rhythm of the game was upset to some degree.
Argentina was getting a charge out of the lion’s share of possession, however, La Albiceleste kept on looking dangerous with a lot of pace on the counter-attack.
73 minutes into the game Nigeria extended their lead and Iwobi got his second goal of the night. Ahmed Musa worked the ball into the Arsenal forward inside the territory, and the Arsenal forward shimmied past confused Mascherano before placidly firing past Marchesin to make it 4-2
Nigeria starting XI (5-3-2):
Akpeyi, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Awaziem, Aina, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel, Ogu, Iwobi, Iheanacho.
Argentina starting XI(3-3-3-1):
Marchesin, Mascherano, Pezzella, Otamendi, Banega, Perez, Lo Celso, Pavon, Dybala, Di Maria, Aguero.