PORTO ALEGRE (AFP) – Nigeria, with captain Joseph Yobo earning his 100th cap, and Argentina were unchanged for their closing Group F clash in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.
However MESSI (Argentina) scored two goals at the 3′ and 45 while Nigeria hit the net through Musa at the 4′ all in the first half.
MUSA 47′ again hit the net to equalise for the Super Eagles but ROJO 50′ hit the Nigerian net to increase Argentina’s goals to three.
Coach Stephen Keshi remained faithful to the side that saw off Bosnia-Hercegovina 1-0 last time out, and his opposite number Alejandro Sabella stuck with the starting XI that saw off dogged Iran by the same scoreline.
Nigeria will go through as runners-up with a draw against already qualified Argentina, irrespective of how Iran fare against eliminated Bosnia in Group F’s other game.
Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Juwon Oshaniwa, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo (capt), John Obi Mikel, Ogenzi Onazi, Michael Babatunde, Ahmed Musa, Peter Odemwingie, Emmanuel Emenike
Coach: Stephen Keshi (NGR)
Sergio Romero, Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo, Federico Fernandez, Fernando Gago, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi (capt), Sergio Aguero.
Coach: Alejandro Sabella (ARG)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)