World Cup 2010: Argentina vs. Nigeria Live Stream [UPDATED]
World Player of the Year Lionel Messi takes the stage this afternoon as Argentina lock horns with the Super Eagles of Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Messi has been very productive for FC Barcelona, however, the 22-year-old striker has often struggled to reproduce his club form for his country.
It’s the third time La Albiceleste and Nigeria have met each other in football’s grandest event and both times the South Americans won. After a very difficult qualifying campaign, Diego Maradona’s side have won all five of their warm-up friendlies, most notably a 1-0 victory over the Germans on March 3rd.
This year, Argentina is not a favorite to win the World Cup but expect them to storm ahead in Group B which contains Greece, Nigeria, and South Korea since it has players like Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Milito and other massive talents.
Tevez is likely to play alongside Higuain and Messi up front, while Newcastle United’s Jonas Gutierrez is set to start on the right side of midfield but may have to fill in at right-back when the South Americans are under attack.
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised Lars Lagerback’s men that they will be given 1.7 million U.S. dollars if they beat Argentina this afternoon. Jonathan made the announcement when he met with members of the squad and their officials in Johannesburg on Friday.
The Super Eagles will be without Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, who withdrew from the national team following a knee injury.
The match kicks-off at 16:00 local time (10:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 thanks to Gabriel Heinze’s header in the sixth minute. However, the South Americans wasted a lot of chances to make the victory definitive. Messi had several chances to put the Super Eagles to the sword, but a brilliant performance from goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama prevented him every time.