Two goals from Alex Iwobi completed Nigeria’s comeback from a two-goal deficit against Argentina in an international friendly game played in Krasnodar, Russia.
Two school-boy errors from the goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi gave Argentina the lead. Ever Banega in the 27th struck home a free kick from the edge of the box after, Akpeyi handled the ball outside of his box.
Minutes later, Akpeyi’s hesitation at coming out to stop a lightning break, saw Manchester city’s, Sergio Aguero tapping home a cross from Christian Pavon in the 36th minute.
Nigeria’s comeback started with virtually the last kick of the first half with Kelechi Iheanacho curling home, a well taken free kick after Iwobi was earlier fouled in the 44th minute.
The second half began with some changes, with the defender, Brian Idowu, and goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, making their debut alongside Tyron Ebuehi.
the second half also witnessed the coming to life of the strike partnership of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, as the two combined for the second and third goal respectively.
Kelechi Iheanacho held the ball up impressively against the Argentine defence before sending a well-measured cutback to Iwobi, who struck the ball one-time into the far corner in the 52nd minute.
In probably the best team goal by the super eagles in recent times, the trio of the debutant, Brian Idowu, Mikel Obi, and Alex Iwobi combined with a crisped one-touch passing move before, Idowu, a left-back used his right foot to strike home from the edge of the box two minutes after Iwobi’s goal.
Alex Iwobi completed his brace on the night, after he nutmegs Javier Mascherano and two other Argentina defenders, before placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper to make it 4-2 and hand Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli his first loss.