Nigeria carries the hopes of the African continent in the last 16

Nigeria carries the hopes of the African continent in the last 16 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup currently underway in Brazil. Nigeria went into the match almost certain they progression was possible, all they needed was a draw against Argentina, for failure to do that, they needed Bosnia to beat Iran.

Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa

Every time Lionel Messi strikes early, it often means that it is going to be a long day at the office. As early as the third minute of the match, Nigeria found themselves facing a potentially long day at the office, the talismanic Messi struck and put the Argentinians ahead.

Nigeria, a team that has never been afraid to put in the yards and do some dirty work if and when it becomes necessary, this time around however, it was not necessary, it took PFC CSKA Moscow‘s Ahmed Musa just one minute to put the Nigerians back in it.

Nigeria had to put it the hard yards not only to keep Argentina at bay but to also try and break them down and find a way forward, it wasn’t to be as at the very death of the first half, Messi struck again. At half time, Argentina was 2-1 up and the Super Eagles hard their work cut out.

The would been relieve to learn that in the other group F match Edin Džeko had put Bosnia ahead of Iran by 1 goal which meant if things stayed the same, Nigeria would have still gone through.

When the returned for the second half, Ahmed Musa put Nigeria on even terms again, it was clear that the Super Eagles had chosen to carry their own weight on route to the last 16 because if they had played to a draw, the result of the match between Bosnia and Iran would not have mattered.

Argentina scored one more time on the 50th minute through Marcos Rojo and Nigeria was unable to reply, it quickly became unnecessary as Bosnia unleashed a beating on Iran.

Nigeria is the only African team that has progressed to the last 16 and as things stand, Algeria is in with a good chance of being the second one provided they beat Russia in the last match.

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