Nigeria lose 3-1 to Argentina in friendly

AP, Tuesday 6 Sep 2011

Captain Lionel Messi set up two goals and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to inspire Argentina to a 3-1 friendly win over Nigeria Tuesday at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium

Argentina vs Nigeria
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain controls the ball on his way to score the first goal as Nigeria's Okonkwo Chibuzo tries to stop him, during their friendly soccer match played in Dhaka (Photo: Reuters)

Messi provided a perfect one-touch pass in the 24th minute for Higuain to control the ball and shoot right-footed into the corner past Nigeria goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba. 

Two minutes later, Messi won the ball on the halfway line before beating three defenders in a slaloming run into the penalty area. His shot was saved by Aiyenugba but Angel Di Maria was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi pulled the ball back from the byline for substitute Chinedu Obasi to shoot high into the net just after halftime to give the African side hope.

But Higuain wrapped up the win with his second goal in the 65th, picking up Di Maria’s pass and scoring at the second attempt after Aiyenugba saved the first.


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