HIGHLIGHTS: ARGENTINA 2 – 4 NIGERIA
One will notice that there’s a change of formation for Nigeria, meanwhile, as John Mikel Obi is among three players to come into the side. Sergio Aguero keeps his place after starting under Jorge Sampaoli for the first time last time out. Paulo Dybala replaces Messi in one of four Argentine changes.
Nigeria (5-3-2): Akpeyi, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Awaziem, Aina, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel, Ogu, Iwobi, Iheanacho.
Subs included: Ezenwa, Uzoho, Uche, Musa, Etebo, Kayode, Onyekuru, Nwakali, Ebuehi, Tony Nwakaeme.
Argentina (3-3-3-1): Marchesin, Mascherano, Pezzella, Otamendi, Banega, Perez, Lo Celso, Pavon, Dybala, Di Maria, Aguero.
Subs included: Romero, Guzman, Mammana, Fazio, Paredes, Insua, Benedetto, Matias Kranevitter, Ansaldi, Perotti, Salvio, Gomez, Rigoni, Belluschi.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi’s absence has already been confirmed as he returns to Barcelona.
Nigeria’s qualification was much more straightforward as they finished some six points clear of second-placed Zambia at the top of CAF’s Group B. That campaign only finished at the weekend, with the Super Eagles concluding their pool with a 1-1 draw in Algeria.
Argentina of course scraped to the finals with a Lionel Messi hat-trick on the final match day of CONMEBOL qualifying; they have travelled from Moscow, where Russia were beaten on Saturday.
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