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Argentina 2-4 Nigeria: Super Eagles players rating

Super Eagles By: Collins Udeme | 14/11/2017

A superb second-half display by Nigeria saw them come from two goals down to beat Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly fixture staged at the FK Krasnodar stadium on Tuesday.

Goals from Banega and Sergio Aguero gave the Argentines a comfortable two-goal lead before Kelechi Iheanacho halved the deficit with one minute left on the clock in the first half.

Nigeria returned after the break to put three past Marchesín with Alex Iwobi grabbing a brace and new boy Bryan Idowu completing the rout with a composed finish on his Super Eagles debut.

Here we take a look at how the Eagles fared in Krasnodar after scoring four off five shots on target.

Daniel Akpeyi - 4

The Chippa United man's expensive error led to Argentina's first goal after handling the ball outside his area. However, he did well to deny an Argentine from close range before making way for Uzoho after the break.

Leon Balogun - 5

Balogun did not have a good day against the Argentines. He struggled to cope with the pace of Sergio Aguero as it appears the Mainz 05 man lacked fitness going into the game. The other factor may have been the new back-three formation adopted by coach Gernot Rohr. The fluidity and understanding he's built of over the months playing alongside William Troost-Ekong in the central defense was lacking.

Troost-Ekong - 8

Again, Troost-Ekong who is used to partnering Balogun in a two-man center-half formation had to adapt to the new system of the coach for this game. Despite just functioning in the system for the first time with the Eagles, the Bursaspor defender was one of Nigeria's stand-out performers on the night.

Ola Aina - 7

The natural right-back Aina who's been handed the left-back role since his debut for the Eagles did his best playing as a wing-back. He did well to mitigate the runs of Paulo Dybala on the left-wing and made sure Argentina's options down the left were limited.

Shehu Abdullahi - 6

Shehu cannot be totally blamed for his below-par performance on the night considering how much improvement he's made in recent months. The new system did him no good and so it's understandable when he struggled to offer much in terms of defending and helping out with the attack. He struggled with the pace of Angel di Maria and was guilty of giving the ball away on a few occasion.

Chidozie Awaziem - 5

The Nantes defender who is still yet to make his impression with the Super Eagles struggled to fit into Rohr's back-three set-up for the game. He was guilty of faulty passes, wrong timing with his tackles and struggled to keep up with the pace of the Argentines. However, the introduction of Ebuehi after the break gave him a bit of breathing space.

Mikel Obi - 7

Mikel offered little in the first half but showed his class after the break. His link-up play with Iwobi shows signs of good tidings for the Eagles going forward - both men were involved in the build-up to the free-kick that was converted by Iheanacho.

John Ogu - 6
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Ogu lacked the pace needed for the game but was solid when the need arose. He made some timely tackle and was able to win a couple of duels but his final balls were below his capability. Apparently, the Israeli based midfielder who scored a stunner last Friday against Algeria is still struggling with fitness.

Wilfred Ndidi - 9

Ndidi without a doubt was one of the Eagles' stand-out performers in Krasnodar. He bullied and muscled when the Eagles needed it and was also handy in breaking up plays. The Leicester man in my opinion did exactly what is role required of him for the entire duration of the game.

Alex Iwobi - 9

Iwobi showed his recent conversations with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not been falling on deaf ears. The Nigerian in recent months came under a lot of criticism for lacking composure in the final third. His two goals clearly showed he's been working on his final balls in front of goal. He was calm and swift with his finishes and was always a threat throughout his 87 minutes stay on the pitch.

Kelechi Iheanacho - 8

Despite scoring and providing the equaliser, Iheanacho still has a lot in his locker that he isn't giving. The free kick was good but he struggled to play as point man for the team especially with the size of Otamendi.

Bryan Idowu - 7

Idowu who replaced AINA at the restart had a good game. He kept it simple and fit into the team very well. He took his goal well unlike defenders who lack that composure when they are in the final third.

Ebuehi - 8

Ebuehi appears to be more technically gifted and he brought that to fore when he came on for Shehu. His introduction brought stability to the right-wing back. He shielded Awaziem properly, he knew when to go and when stay. He didn't put one foot wrong in his entire time on the pitch

Uzoho - 7

I think we have a goalkeeper in Uzoho. He's young and showed composure when he came on, organised his defense properly and pulled off a superb save in the closing stages of the game. He was directing his back-line, dominated his box and showed ruthlessness.

Kenneth Omeruo - 5

He didn't play for so long. He made some good anticipatory run. He just needs game time to get his confidence back.

Ahmed Musa - 4

He didn't do a lot. He hadn't enough time to show much but did well to help out with Iwobi's second goal.

Kayode - 3

He hardly touched the ball as there was no time for him to do much.
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