Nigeria completed an incredible comeback to defeat a Messi-less Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia.
Argentina took a 2-0 lead, courtesy of a goalkeeping error by Daniel Akpeyi, who was penalised for handling the ball outside his area, with Ever Banega expertly converting the resultant freekick before Kun Aguero doubled the lead minutes later.
— The NFF ?? (@thenff) November 14, 2017
However, the Super Eagles staged an incredible fight back, first a superbly taken Kelechi Iheanacho free kick reduced the deficit at the break, before further goals from Alex Iwobi, who scored a brace, and debutant, Bryan Iwobi, completed the turn around.
Nigerians and supporters of the Super Eagles in their usual style took to their various Twitter accounts to react to the win.
Great to see St. Petersburg-born Brian Idowu score on debut for Nigeria in 4-2 win over Argentina. Could, perhaps should have played for Russia.
— James Ellingworth (@jellingworth) November 14, 2017
Shehu will be on the edge of his seat now. Tyrone is a massive competition for RB.
Brown looks more assured at LB than Aina & Echiejile combined.
Uzoho with good grabs so far. Makes grabs so easy not like Ezenwa.
We now have competitions in the team. #PMFootball
— POOJA… (@PoojaMedia) November 14, 2017
Respect my super eagles ???? https://t.co/HRU8YRISzO
— Damilola (@O__Damilola) November 14, 2017
— Piers Edwards (@piers_e) November 14, 2017
These guys remind me of Atlanta '96. ???
— Afolabi ?? (@FOLABI__) November 14, 2017
Certain man wants to backup Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford while his agemates are slapping Argentina.
Do they have two heads?
— Oluwacloutinho (@Nigerianscamsss) November 14, 2017
Argentina in first half
Argentina in second half ?? pic.twitter.com/ZSLA3Ecy4a
— King Kay (@AmosJayd) November 14, 2017
If Messi was the one who scored that Iwobi's classic, all of you will be having uncontrollable orgasms. But it is Iwobi, not much ecstasy.
I rest my case!
— nsikakAbasi Umoh (@nsikakumoh_j) November 14, 2017
Nigeria qualifying first in Africa for the World Cup.
Now beating Argentina after being down 2-0. pic.twitter.com/hGeaiNnJvT
— Oluwacloutinho (@Nigerianscamsss) November 14, 2017
Argentina's Dybala reminds me of Tony Nwoye
Dude has been forming "youngster" and disturbing everybody in the league.
Called up for friendly (debate)
Dude couldn't perform.
— Ebube D Statesman (@akaebube) November 14, 2017
There is nothing friendly about the way Nigeria is treating Argentina
— Soldier↪ (@PatohShanqueels) November 14, 2017
Ding dong ding dong. Iyatete. One corner one corner.
But dem no fit qualify for World Cup. https://t.co/JL0tuoMS4o
— Don Michelangelo Pietà (@Cerebrone) November 14, 2017
Alex Iwobi (21) just scored this wonderful goal for Nigeria ??!
Mascherano is gonna have some strong nightmares tonight.pic.twitter.com/JJkHio5EKW
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) November 14, 2017
What a way to make your debuts!
A clean sheet and a goal respectively against the World Cup favourites.
Onto the next one! #NGRARG
— ACLSports (@acl_sports) November 14, 2017
Oh goodness me!!!! Lord Jesus, you can come now. Alex Iwobi has just detroyed Mascherano in a manner that I have been waiting for for years.
— Calvin 'Emeka Onwuka (@CalvinEmeka) November 14, 2017
— Enekem ? (@EnekemGreg) November 14, 2017
Corny Man Messi don see wetin go happen 4 dream so baba quickly opt out to avoid being embarrassed by our Makeshift team…..I LOVE NIGERIA.
— Rmadrid-In-PidginEng (@Rmadrid4pigin) November 14, 2017
Nigeria 4-2 Argentina – Unbelievable comeback from two goals down from the @NGSuperEagles
— Jide Alaka (@AlakaJide) November 14, 2017
You can call it a friendly match, but coming back to a match from 2 goals down against Argentina is amazing.. Tualey for this Super Eagles, Team wey sabi.. ?? ?? ??
— Doctor YazzY Olu (@Dr_Yazzy) November 14, 2017
Mikel dictating football and demolishing a South American giant without breaking a sweat or running a mile? What's new?
— Mowgli (@Ioftus) November 14, 2017
So, apparently Mikel Obi allowed the Argentines to play well first then turned them to Turkish Kebab second half.
I love this game?????????? https://t.co/i6InvtQOzR
— Ekene (@OgaDavinson) November 14, 2017
– Tyronne Ebuehi superb in the second, Iwobi excellent and man of the match by a country mile.
– This 3-5-2 is not ready.
– @NGSuperEagles under Rohr is a counterattacking machine.
– Awaziem, Aina, Balogun, Akpeyi dire.
— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) November 14, 2017
2 – Two players made their debut today in Nigeria's 4-2 win over Argentina:
— Opta Nigeria (@OptaNGR) November 14, 2017
"No matter how good I am, I'll never get a call-up to the Russian national team. Hopefully Nigeria will notice me some day," Idowu said three years ago. They finally did. He needed 8 minutes to repay the faith. ??pic.twitter.com/UYTkhjqoE5
— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) November 14, 2017
How can you say Iwobi and Iheanacho were making Nigeria proud while Jordan Ibe and Tammy Abraham were refreshing Livescores ? pic.twitter.com/RHkjUsKoQl
— DADDY THE FATHER (@SemilooreAkoni) November 14, 2017
It’s just a friendly. But Argentina without Messi isn’t better than Nigeria. And Argentina without Messi would’ve finished behind Nigeria in World Cup 2014 group stages. Nothing’s changed in 4 years.
— Fiaz Hamzath (@fiazhamzath) November 14, 2017