Nigeria stun Argentina; Russia-Spain, Germany-France, England-Brazil draws

Nigeria stun Argentina; Russia-Spain, Germany-France, England-Brazil draws
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly in Russia on Tuesday.

Playing without the rested Lionel Messi, Argentina opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Ever Banega scored from a free kick, and it was 2-0 shortly afterward when Cristian Pavon crossed for Sergio Aguero to tap in.

But Nigeria turned it around when Kelechi Iheanacho put a free kick past keeper Agustin Marchesin before the break, then set up Iwobi and Brian Idowu to score two minutes apart early in the second half.

Iheanacho found Iwobi in the centre of the box to equalise with a first-time shot, then Idowu pounced to score from 18 yards after the Leicester man's loose touch fell to his feet.

Iwobi then added his second goal in the 73rd minute after wrong-footing Javier Mascherano.

Argentina, who lost their first friendly since 2014, said after the game that Aguero was taken to hospital as a precaution after fainting at half-time.

Fedor Smolov scored two fine goals to help World Cup hosts Russia earn a 3-3 draw with Spain, despite a pair of Sergio Ramos penalties.

Jordi Alba's header gave Spain the lead in the ninth minute, and it was 2-0 in the 35th as Sergio Ramos converted a penalty after Daler Kuzyaev stuck out an arm.

Smolov showed good control in the box to pull a goal back four minutes before the break, and Russia were even six minutes into the second half when Aleksey Miranchuk scored at the near post.

Spain retook the lead two minutes later, Ramos again scoring from the spot after drawing a Giorgi Jikia foul himself, but Russia had the final say as Smolov sent in a rocket from distance past the reach of David De Gea to equalise once more.

After goalkeeper Andrey Lunev was injured in a collision, Russia finished the final moments with midfielder Denis Glushakov playing between the posts.

Substitute Lars Stindl kept Germany unbeaten in 2017 by scoring in the 93rd minute to secure a 2-2 draw with France.

Alexandre Lacazette had given Les Bleus the lead in the 33rd minute after being set up in a fine play by Anthony Martial. Timo Werner drew Germany level early in the second half from a fine pass by Mesut Ozil.

France regained the lead on 71 minutes as Mbappe found Lacazette in space behind a high German rearguard and the Arsenal forward produced a clinical finish from just inside the penalty area.

However, with only seconds left to play of stoppage time, Ozil laid a pass with the outside of his left boot to Gotze, who helped the ball on into the right side of the France penalty area, and Stindl had the composure to score inside the near post and earn the world champions a draw.

England and Brazil played out a drab goalless draw at Wembley -- the second in four days for the Three Lions after the 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday.

It was a game of few goal-mouth opportunities, though Brazil dominated the ball and looked far more threatening.

Without Cristiano Ronaldo,Portgual settled for a 1-1 draw with an experimental United States squad.

Weston McKennie scored on his debut to put the U.S. ahead midway through the first half after a fine individual effort, and Portugal's only response came 10 minutes later as Vitorino Antunes' soft cross into the box squirmed under U.S. keeper Ethan Horvath.


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