Russia 2018: Eagles arrive St Petersburg for Argentina

Russia 2018: Eagles arrive St Petersburg for Argentina

Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles on Sunday evening arrived in St Petersburg, venue of their final Group D game against Argentina on Tuesday.

The team, led by head coach Gernot Rohr returned to their camp base in Essentuki after Friday’s victory over Iceland at the Volgograd Arena late on Friday night but have arrived Russia’s second largest city on time for Tuesday’s showdown.

The team breezed into the Corinthia Hotel situated at Nevsky Avenue in the busy area of the city at about 7:20pm local time and 5:20pm Nigerian time, a location the Eagles are expected to stay until Tuesday’s game.

Their opponents, Argentina have also arrived for the winner-takes-all encounter on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, World’s football governing body FIFA have appointed top Turkish referee Cuynet Çakir to handle the much talked about Group D game between Nigeria and Argentina on Tuesday.

Čakir, 41, is an experienced official who has handled top football matches in his refereeing career. He officiated the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi final game between Netherlands and Nigeria’s opponents on Tuesday, Argentina in Sao Paulo.

He was also in charge of the 2015 UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus and most recently Real Madrid’s semi final second leg tie with Bayern Munich in Madrid last month.

Tuesday’s game between Nigeria and Argentina will start at 9pm local time in St Petersburg (7pm in Nigeria) and will hold simultaneously with the other Group D game between Croatia and Iceland in Rostov.

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