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Super Eagles Shock Argentina 4-2 in Russia

first_imgThe free kick was the fall out of the infringement on Iwobi by Mascherano around the box in the 44th minute.On resumption for the second half, Eagles up their game with skipper John Mikel Obi who was playing his 80th international game at the senior level for Nigeria spraying accurate passes.Man of the match Iwobi, however drew Nigeria level with the Argies in the 52nd minute after he combined well with strike partner Iheanacho. It was his third goal for the Super Eagles.Russia-based Bryan Idowu who was making his debut for Nigeria in the game made it 3-2 in favour of Eagles moments later when he latched onto a pass by Iheanacho inside Argentina box to deliver his debut goal.The three-time African champions were not done yet. Iwobi got his second goal of the night in the 73rd minute when he surged past his markers after he received a pass from substitute Ahmed Musa before he fired home the sealer to earn Nigeria the second victory over Argentina.Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, tried out a new formation of 3-5-2 as against the 4-2-3-1 the team used mostly during the World Cup 2018 qualifying series.In his post-match reaction, Rohr, however warned his warned not to think they have arrived to win the World Cup yet.“ It’s good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favorites to win the World Cup. We stay humble and realise we have more work to do. We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital in Krasnodar after he fainted inside the dressing room during the friendly against Nigeria.Aguero, who scored his team’s second goal in the 4-2 loss to Eagles, regained consciousness in the hospital. He has been held back there for some testsEAGLES VS ARGENTINA LINE UP: Daniel Akpeyi (Francis Uzoho 46th), Chiedozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun (Kenneth Omeruo 60th ), Ola Aina (Bryan Idowu 46th ), Shehu Abdullahi (Tyronne Ebuehi 46th ), Wilfred Ndidi, John Mikel Obi, John Ogu – Alex Iwobi (Olanrewaju Kayode 87th ), Kelechi Iheanacho (Ahmed Musa 70th )RATINGS*Akpeyi (3/10)- The Chippa United shot stopper fluffed another chance to reclaim a place in the team. It remains unbelievable how he committed the elementary error of picking ball outside his goal area.*Aina (5/10)- He was average in his performance against Argentina. Was he overwhelmed playing against a South American power-house?* Troost-Ekong (7/10) – Solid as ever in Eagles defence. Did extra work trying to curtain the Albiceleste forward line after the initial blitz that left them panicking.*Balogun (5/10) – For the first time since returning from the long injury lay off, Leon Balogun played an average game against Argentina last night. He ought to take the blame for the second goal against Nigeria due to his bad positioning.*Awaziem (5/10) – Last night was a much improved Awaziem but still has the potential to improve with more playing time in the Eagles.Abdullahi ( 5/10) – Like Awaziem, he also had an average performance.Ndidi ( 6/10) – Added value to the middle very well and almost got a goal from one of his stray up front.Ogu (6/10) – After he scored Eagles’ goal in the one-all draw in Algiers last Friday, Ogu appears to have picked some courage to be counted among players to watch out for in Nigeria’s line up at Russia 2018. He gave a decent out against Argentina.*Mikel (7/10) – Had a good performance. Commanded the midfield well and ensured that Aguero and his Argie forwards did not have room to dominate the second half the way they did in the early part of the first stanza.*Iheanacho (7/10) – An eventual evening for the Leicester City forward. Scored a superb free kick and also had hands in two other goals.Iwobi (8/10) – Iwobi was unarguably the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Super Eagles in Krasnoder. Just as Algeria coach, Rabah Madjer pointed him out as the most lethal in the Eagles forward line, the Arsenal player scored two beautiful goals and was constantly a threat to the Argentines each time he had the ball in his legs.USED SUBSUzoho (5/10)Ebuehi (6/10)Idowu (6/10)Musa (5/10)Omeruo (5/10)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles fought back from two goals down to claim a famous 4-2 victory over two-time world champions Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia last night.Although the South Americans played without their talismanic Lionel Messi, they had top stars like Sergio kun Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Christian Pavon, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano at the international friendly game with Nigeria.After an initial quick exchanges between both teams, the game became lively with the South Americans stepping into the driver’s seat on the dot of 20th minute. Ever Banega’s free kick that resorted from Daniel Akpeyi’s blunder gave the Argies the lead.Aguero doubled the lead for Argentina in the 34th minute.But Super Eagles who at this stage had began to worm their way deep into the Albiceleste half, pulled back a goal through a superbly taken free kick by Kelechi Iheanacho.last_img read more

Badree warns of ‘dangerous’ Pakistan

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree said yesterday West Indies would be wary of an unpredictable Pakistan side, as they chased victory in the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series.He told journalists here that Pakistan were a dangerous unit and said West Indies would have to play well if they were to top the hosts in the games, which run from September 23-27 in the United Arab Emirates.”Pakistan are very similar to us in terms of their consistency or lack of it,” Badree told reporters.”One day, they give a brilliant performance just like us and the next day there is a lot to be desired. On their day, they can demolish any opposition. We are wary of that challenge.”We respect every opposition that we come up against and we are going to do the same against Pakistan, and we are going to prepare well and execute our plans as best as we can, knowing they are a very dangerous team.”MISSING PLAYERSWest Indies will not be at full strength for the series, especially with a few of the players who were members of the T20 World Cup-winning squad last April now missing.Darren Sammy, who captained the side to that triumph in India, has been axed by selectors, while Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell are unavailable for varying reasons. Also, batsman Lendl Simmons was overlooked for medical reasons.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has taken over leadership of the squad, while the uncapped Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran, along with Chadwick Walton who played the last of this two T20s two years ago, have been called up.”It is a different team from the team that played the World Cup. We have a lot of new guys, a few guys making their debut on this tour,” said the 35-year-old Badree.”We have been here before, many of us. The heat is quite different to what we are accustomed to. We came a bit early realising we need to acclimatise, so within the next week before the first game against Pakistan, we will be well adjusted and fit and all players will be 100 per cent ready for the challenge.”The two opening games – on September 23 and 24 – are set for here in Dubai, with the final game on September 27 carded for Abu Dhabi.”I’ve been here in the PSL (Pakistan Super League). I’ve played with Islamabad United, the team that eventually won the competition, so I’ve got quite a bit of experience here,” the Trinidadian noted.”The pitches seem to be very good for T20 cricket and that’s what you’re looking for – good games, competitive games. Like I’ve said before, a number of the guys have been here before – the likes of (Sunil) Narine, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard etcetera – so we’re looking forward to some very good games of cricket.”Of course, we’d like to win this series and remain one of the best T20 teams in the world.”last_img read more

Man United ‘enter race to sign £40m Liverpool and Man City target’

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Paqueta is regarded as one of Brazil’s brightest young talents and he’s already been linked with a move to Europe Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Able to play on the wing or in an attacking midfield role, Paqueta has scored six goals and created a further four in 28 appearances this season, and his playmaking abilities – primarily his eye for an incisive pass – have seen Paqueta likened to Brazil great Kaka.Earlier this year, Paqueta was linked with moves to Premier League duo Manchester City and Liverpool, with both clubs said to be ready to trigger the £40million release clause written in his contract. Manchester United have become the latest team to express interest in signing Lucas Paqueta, according to reports.Paqueta, the midfielder, has quickly established himself as one of the finest young players in Brazil and he was rewarded for his performances for Flamengo by making his international debut earlier this month. RANKED Latest transfer news Lucas Paquetá (21) is the only player to complete 50+ tackles, 40+ dribbles, and 25+ key passes in Brasileirão this season.Feliz Aniversário! 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/yJhjAopkVY— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) August 27, 2018There is talk Paqueta could sign a new contract with Flamengo that will raise his release clause to £63million, meaning interested parties must move fast if they want to capture the wonderkid for the current £40million clause. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets However, Le10 Sport say Man United have now entered the race for the 21-year-old, along with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan.United and PSG are reported to be pushing hardest for Paqueta, and it is expected there will be a ‘duel’ between the two clubs in the battle to sign the midfielder when the transfer window reopens in January. LATEST moving on REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race last_img read more