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WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« on: June 11, 2010, 06:42:42 PM »
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061460/index.html#argentina+nigeria+preview

After 16 years, Diego Armando Maradona makes his return to the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. The Argentinian bowed out of world football’s showpiece in 1994 after Argentina's match against Nigeria, a team he now faces as head coach tomorrow in the opening match in Group B.

The Africans, meanwhile, will be looking to avenge the defeat in the final of the Olympic Football Tournament 2008 in China, where La Albiceleste triumphed with a number of players who will be present in Johannesburg. They will be hopeful Swedish coach Lars Lagerback, one of the masterminds behind Argentina’s elimination from 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, will help them settle an old score.

The Match
Argentina-Nigeria, Group B, Johannesburg, Saturday 12 June, 16:00 (local time)

Having come through a difficult qualifying campaign, the Argentinians are ready to start afresh in South Africa and, for the third time in a row, an African side will provide their first test - in 2002, they edged out Nigeria in a 1-0 win, while in 2006 they were 2-1 victors against Côte d'Ivoire. Maradona has at his disposal two of the top goalscorers in Europe this season as they look to secure their third consecutive victory over an African side: Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, who amassed an astonishing 61 goals between them. Starting hopeful Carlos Tevez, for his part, notched up another 22 for Manchester City.

The Super Eagles also struggled during the qualifying phase, although they will be hopeful head coach Lagerback can help them rediscover their rhythm. They will go into this game anxious to reverse the trend of their previous two FIFA World Cup encounters with the Argentinians, in 1994 and 2002, which saw La Albiceleste run out winners on both occasions. They will look to exploit their 'home' advantage, and also build on their recent 3-1 friendly victory over Korea DPR.

Key duel
Gonzalo Higuain vs Vincent Enyeama

The Argentinian scored 27 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga last season, and has reproduced the same clinical form for his country: he has found the net twice in four games and seems ready to add to that tally. "My dream is to be among the top scorers at the World Cup", Higuain said on his arrival in South Africa. To fulfil that dream he must first find a way past Vincent Enyeama, one of the few Nigerians to have kept his place in the Super Eagles' rearguard despite constant changes to their defensive formation. Enyeama, whose reflexes have earned him the nickname 'The Cat', already boasts FIFA World Cup experience, including a clean sheet against England in Korea/Japan 2002.

The stat
10 – The number of players that took part in the final of the Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 who will come face to face again in Johannesburg: Sergio Romero, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Dele Adeleye, Sani Kaita, Peter Odemwingie, Chinedu Ogbuke and Victor Obinna.

What they said
"Nigeria is a physically strong side capable of creating problems in attack. However, I think they are still a little disorganised in defence. That’s where we have to make the most of our potential," Diego Armando Maradona, Argentina coach.

"Messi is a good player and we respect him. We hope he respects us too. We’re not thinking about Messi, we’re thinking about playing Argentina, a good team," Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Nigeria forward.

Voice of the fans
"Great game in prospect. I reckon Argentina will win because their attacking style will push Nigeria back. That’s where the game will be won by Argentina, who I am supporting along with all the other South American teams." FIFA.com user AlanLeo-URU

The question
Are Nigeria strong enough to upset Argentina in their opening match?
« Last Edit: June 11, 2010, 06:45:07 PM by Bitter »
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 08:49:59 PM »
This will be a real good game if Nigeria play to it full potential..if they dont play to their potential then expect Argentina to win EASILY..but Nigeria has been inconsistent over the years so you dont know what to expect from them

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2010, 07:22:50 AM »
Just enough time to grab breakfast before this one start...
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2010, 07:33:53 AM »
I love mih African teams so ah backing Nigeria, realistically though ah cyar see them beating Argentina....

that said...

GO NIGERIA!!!
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2010, 07:41:05 AM »
Go nigeria
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2010, 07:49:32 AM »
Argentina defence is a mess but I expect them to win 3-2.....not too impressed by nigeria so they could get a blowout but playing in africa might help them.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2010, 08:04:10 AM »
How the hell Higuain miss that?
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2010, 08:06:10 AM »
It not looking good for Nigeria right now...
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2010, 08:06:53 AM »
I ent even finish press "post"

This could get ugly.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2010, 08:08:51 AM »
1-0  GOAL!!! - nice header

not looking good for Nigeria
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2010, 08:09:37 AM »
Nigeria a bit too casual in their defence. They about to get POISON
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2010, 08:09:44 AM »
argentina will have tuh outscore sides their defence is weak. Messi running thru nigeria like hot knife thru butter.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2010, 08:11:09 AM »
Argentina still looking a mess in defence too. Dem eh lasting.
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2010, 08:17:28 AM »
Nigeria frustrating meh already wit dey wayward and indiscipline play. Sorry mikel out,coulda help!
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2010, 08:21:37 AM »
Nigeria just too casual. Disappointed
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2010, 08:23:31 AM »
Maradona really start Higuain in front a Milito boy?!

He wearing a nice suit, though!
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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2010, 08:26:14 AM »
Maradona really start Higuain in front a Milito boy?!

He wearing a nice suit, though!

shocking isn't it. before the match he will have thro way a beaver.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2010, 08:27:43 AM »
argentina goale looking like a squad player who pull on the jersey in goal. the ponytail doesn't help.

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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2010, 08:35:15 AM »
listening to the horns in the background in high definition dolby digital 5.1 surround sound is very annoying ;D
Picture quality is amazing though  :)
They saw it's like running a chainsaw as the noise is defeanig...

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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2010, 08:37:49 AM »
Nigeria Goalie is the only thing keeping them in this game.
This could be 4-0 easy.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2010, 08:41:18 AM »
listening to the horns in the background in high definition dolby digital 5.1 surround sound is very annoying ;D
Picture quality is amazing though  :)
They saw it's like running a chainsaw as the noise is defeanig...

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2010, 08:42:36 AM »
Nigeria clearly has some individual quality but they're playing this game with the pace and intensity of a fete match.  

Argentina is clearly the superior of the two teams though playing below their best in my opinion.  
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2010, 08:45:52 AM »
Argentina still looking a mess in defence too. Dem eh lasting.

I agree, especially Demichelis and Gutierrez

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2010, 08:46:28 AM »
I not seeing Argentina as the clear superior team at all. In fact, I watching them play and saying they good to collect 4 from somebody.

Nigeria need better coaching.
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« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2010, 08:50:42 AM »
Nigeria need better coaching.

This *is* the better coaching. They shoulda call Beenhakker.
Nigeria survive that first half only 1-0 down. This game should have been put away, but they still in with a chance. If I was Argentina I would be feeling nervous.
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« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2010, 08:52:30 AM »
nigeria team is crap..plain and simple

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2010, 08:57:55 AM »
                        ARG - NIG

shots on target :   5 - 0   
shots off target :   3 - 4   
possession (%) :   57 - 43   
corner kicks :   3 - 1   
offsides :           0 - 0   
fouls :           5 - 3   
yellow cards :   1 - 0   
red cards :           0 - 0   

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2010, 09:01:50 AM »
Nigeria need better coaching.

This *is* the better coaching. They shoulda call Beenhakker.
Nigeria survive that first half only 1-0 down. This game should have been put away, but they still in with a chance. If I was Argentina I would be feeling nervous.

Better coaching on what evidence? What you want him to do? Are you gauging his reactions? He's more animated than I've ever seen him with Sweden ... then again he eh have no co-coach here to keep him occupied like how Sven and McLaren were (yeah, ah know McLaren was not ah co-coach.) He's probably left his instructions to half-time.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2010, 09:05:38 AM »
Nigeria need better coaching.

This *is* the better coaching. They shoulda call Beenhakker.
Nigeria survive that first half only 1-0 down. This game should have been put away, but they still in with a chance. If I was Argentina I would be feeling nervous.

Better coaching on what evidence? What you want him to do? Are you gauging his reactions? He's more animated than I've ever seen him with Sweden ... then again he eh have no co-coach here to keep him occupied like how Sven and McLaren were (yeah, ah know McLaren was not ah co-coach.) He's probably left his instructions to half-time.

I was actually referring to the fact that the Nigeria coach is supposedly the improvement over the (local) one who took them through qualification.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/fifaworldcup/nigeria/story/2010/02/06/sp-nigeria-coach.html
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Local newspapers had speculated that Amodu would be fired after sloppy passing and wild shots on the goal marred the Super Eagles' games during the African Cup of Nations in Angola last month.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 3 - Group B: Argentina vs Nigeria
« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2010, 09:19:24 AM »
Nigerian off the ball running is strocious. Very frustrating to watch. They reming me of Trini. On the other hand  as Bitter say, if I was Argentina, I would be worried.
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