The Super Eagles of Nigeria will have their destiny in their hands today, when they face their regular World Cup opponents Argentina in a crucial group D match, with both sides aiming to win to enable them progress for the round of 16.
Nigeria have made six appearances at the World Cup, in all of these appearances they will be meeting Argentina for the fifth time and it was only in France 1998 that the two nations did not meet.
History they say is “First defeat”, but the Super Eagles must not let that history have a negative effect on them when they file out against an Argentine side that is already wounded and will be hoping to feast on the Eagles to survive.
Nigeria is yet to record a draw or a win against Argentina in the World Cup with their previous meetings all going in the favour of Argentina as follows 1994:2-1, 1998:1-0, 2010:1-0, 2014:3-2.
Interestingly, both teams have made it out of the group on three occasions except in 2002 when the two teams were sent parking from the group stage by Sweden and England.
The situation at this point for the Super Eagles is to pursue an outright win against Argentina, anything less than a win will jeorpadize the chances of their qualification, as a win automatically qualifies them irrespective of what Croatia and Iceland plays.
This is also the first time in the history of their World Cup meetings where Nigeria will need to beat Argentina to get an automatic qualification to the round of 16, while Argentina also needs a win to keep their hopes alive.