Nigeria Player Ratings vs. Argentina: Iwobi stars as Super Eagles soar

Nigeria Player Ratings vs. Argentina: Iwobi stars as Super Eagles soar
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria rallied to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat a strong Argentina team 4-2 on Tuesday, in one of the finest Super Eagles performances of the Gernot Rohr era.

The Arsenal forward stood out with his goals and incisive second half running, but how did the rest of the team fare in Krasnodar?

Here are the KwesESPN player ratings following a famous victory:

Daniel Akpeyi, 4: He made a number of very good stops from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala.

Both should have been enough to earn him at least a 6, but making such a basic error as picking up a ball after dropping it, and doing so just outside the box? That ca not be excused!

For a man playing for redemption, Akpeyi may have just cost himself a World Cup place.

Shehu Abdullahi, 7: The right-back just keeps impressing, match after match. This was by no means a vintage performance, but it is to his credit that Aguero barely got a sniff all game.

Ola Aina, 6: For a youngster starting only his second game, then having to go up against some of the best players in the world, Aina acquitted himself admirably.

He did get caught upfield a number of times, leaving Leon Balogun exposed to Cristian Pavon's pace. One such incident led to the second goal.

Chidozie Awaziem, 6: The promising young centre-back was deployed on the right of a three-man back three and took a while to get into the game, mistiming tackles early on. However, as the contest went on, his composure improved.

He kept an eye on Aguero, and timed his tackles to perfection.


Leon Balogun, 7: It was not his best game, but not his worst, either.

Balogun started slowly, got caught for pace by Pavon, ran into Aina and almost cracked his skull, but recovered for a much better second-half showing, making one decisive intervention


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