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Nigeria News: Musa keen to repeat heroics

8 months ago

In the latest Nigeria news, Ahmed Musa has warned Argentina that he expects to repeat the form that saw him net twice against them at the last World Cup.

The pair meet in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with both hoping to book a place in the last-16 in Russia, with Croatia already through from Group D and Iceland also hoping to make it into the last-16.

This will be the fifth time the pair have met at a World Cup and Nigeria are due a win, having lost all four of their previous clashes.

Gernot Rohr’s men look primed to strike though, having beaten the South Americans 4-2 in a friendly in November 2017, while they also impressed in their 2-0 win over Iceland last time out.

In contrast, Argentina have been a shambles to date and Jorge Sampaoli’s inability to stick with a formation or line-up resulted in their 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

Talk of infighting has continued and more changes are expected, potentially opening up gaps for Musa, who will be keen to exploit any doubts after grabbing both goals in the win over Iceland.

That was his second brace at a World Cup, having scored both in his team’s 3-2 defeat to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

Nigeria are 11/2 to win on Tuesday with Betfred and with Lionel Messi on the other side, is clearly inspired.

The 25-year-old is looking forward to taking on La Albiceleste and is confident he can once again prove a thorn in their side.

He said: “Whenever I play against Argentina, or whenever Messi is playing against me, I score.

“Four years ago I scored two goals. When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen.

“Possibly, I’m going to score another two goals.”