Super Eagles overcome Argentina with superb display

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The striker was taken to hospital in Krasnodar for precautionary tests, having felt faint at half-time in the friendly.

La Albiceleste were eventually able to turn the screw as the half wore on.

The Super Eagles took the lead two minutes after that when Brian Idowu sidefooted home from the edge of the area to finish off a counter attack.

"The result is relevant", Okpalla noted, adding, "when you continue to win you gather a momentum and your confidence grows".

He has done so while overhauling the squad, and lowering its average age. "I don't expect less from Coach Rohr and his wards".

"No doubt, Messi is one of the best in the world but his absence doesn't mean Argentina will be a very easy team for the Super Eagles".

The decision to commit to a high press was a surprising one, as it has not been a cornerstone of the defensive strategy for this team.

Rested for Friday's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Algeria, skipper John Mikel Obi is expected to return to the lineup against Argentina. "They deserve our collective praise".

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Of that group, Musa and Uche stand out as the only two to have scored a brace, and Musa scored his at the World Cup.

However, Enyeama, who is on the road to recovery after a long injury-enforced lay-off, is happy with the present team's performances.

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli confirmed the situation on the federation website, stating: 'Sergio (Aguero) got dizzy and had to leave at half-time'.

"Sampaoli has less football idea than my old one", Valeentin Moran wrote on Twitter.

Otamendi looks to be able to continue.

One thing is for certain, Rohr's legend will certainly grow if he can mastermind a win against Messi and co.

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