The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be facing Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in Russia later this month. Argentina and Super Eagles have faced off in FIFA competition on a number of occasion, and the familiarity had spelled some memorable events. Nigeria, Argentina rivalry.
The first meeting was in USA 94, Claudio Caniggia was the hero as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 in an eventful match. Caniggia cancelled out a Samson Siasia’s early opener before scoring the winning goal minutes later. A year later, the African and South American champion played a goalless draw in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The Super Eagles had a sweet revenge of the 1994 World Cup defeat two years later in Atlanta Olympic 96. beating Ortega led Argentina 2-1 in the final. Olympic triumph marked a memorable event in the history of Nigerian football. In 2008, Messi led Argentina beat Nigeria in another Olympic final in Beijing, China, crowning the South American country the first time.
In 2010, Argentina meet Nigeria again in the Group stage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. A Gabriel Heinze’s lone goal was enough for the South American team. The overall meeting has fallen in favour of the South American team. Their last official meeting was in 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the game ended 3-2 in favour of Argentina. Although, Super Eagles beat Argentina 3-2 in a recent friendly match.
Head To Head Meetings
25 Jun 1994 Argentina 2-1 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
10 Jan 1995 Nigeria 0-0 Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup
02 Jun 2002 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
12 Jun 2010 Argentina 1-0 Nigeria FIFA World Cup
01 Jun 2011 Nigeria 4-1 Argentina International Friendly
06 Sep 2011 Argentina 3-1 Nigeria International Friendly
25 Jun 2014 Nigeria 2-3 Argentina FIFA World Cup
In summary, Argentina has had the better of Nigeria from the past official meetings and the romantic affair between the two countries continue with both teams set to face off in this year’s World Cup.