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Super Eagles Aiming To Shock 'Messi-less' Argentina

14 November 2017

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, will return to play with the team as they face two-time World Cup winners, Argentina, at the Krasnodar Arena Stadium, Russia on Tuesday. Three days later, Argentina sealed qualification following an inspirational display from Lionel Messi.

Mainz defender Balogun said the match is like a World Cup to the Nigerians because they have been looking forward to this game for a long time and they will give Argentina a good run for their money.

"We have a game plan, which does not depend on him".

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Mikel again lost to the Albiceleste at 2008 Olympic Games Final, but found some joy when he played in the side that beat them 4-1 in a friendly game in Abuja in 2011.

It is expected that boss Jorge Sampaoli will bring in Paulo Dybala for Messi, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Ecuador last month as Argentina booked their place at the World Cup at the end of a largely disappointing qualifying campaign. It was possible to play in Russian Federation against Argentina.

Nigeria have also qualified for the World Cup after dominating Group B in the CAF qualification ahead of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria.

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In both drawn games away from home, they were pegged back by late penalty kicks to the hosts in the dying minutes.

Nigeria have won only one game in seven senior meetings against Argentina since 1994 to date.

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Super Eagles Aiming To Shock 'Messi-less' Argentina