Nigeria dismantles second-string Argentina 4-1

Nigeria used its top players in a warmup for an African Cup of

Nations qualifier and dismantled a second-string Argentina 4-1 on

Wednesday, helped by two first-half goals from Zaragoza striker

Ikechukwu Uche.

Victor Obinna of West Ham also scored in the first half and

Emmanuel Emenike of Turkey’s Fenerbahce added another early in the

second half. Mauro Boselli scored a penalty for Argentina in

second-half stoppage time.

Argentina was largely ineffective against the quicker Nigerians,

often failing to connect on even routine passes. The South

Americans played without stars like Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez,

using reserve players based mostly with European clubs.

Only two of the Argentine players in Nigeria have been included

in the preliminary squad for next month’s Copa America – defender

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City and Ezequiel Garay of Real

Madrid.

Nigeria took a 1-0 lead with its first attack, scoring in the

10th minute when Uche latched onto a cross from the right and beat

keeper Adrian Gabbarini with a deflected shot.

Nigeria made it 2-0 in the 26th when Obinna converted a penalty

after Federico Fazio’s foul.

Gabbarini came up with a diving save after a counterattack in

the 34th, keeping the score to 2-0, but Nigeria struck again in the

40th and again it was Uche, who scored his second with a

close-range, diving header from a perfect cross from the left.

Emenike wasted little time extending the lead, scoring on the

counterattack in the 53rd as he cleverly chipped the ball over

Gabbarini, who was caught far off his line.

Boselli added Argentina’s consolation goal, converting a penalty

eight minutes into second-half stoppage time.

Nigeria used the match as a warm-up for this weekend’s

qualifying match against Ethiopia in the African Cup of

Nations.

Lineups:

Nigeria: Vicent Enyeama, Ambrose Efe, Joseph Yobo, Chibuzor

Okonkwo (Mohammed Yusuf 67), Taiwo Taye, Mikel Obi, Joel Obi

(Ogwude Fegor 72), Kalu Uche, Nsfor Obinna (Peter Utaka 79), Victor

Anicheba (Emmanuel Emenike 44), Ikechukwu Uche.

Argentina: Adrian Gabbarini, Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay

(Mateo Musacchio 66), Federico Fazio, Emiliano Insua, Fernando

Belluschi (Nicolas Bertolo 62), Mario Bolatti, Alberto Costa

(Alejandro Cabral 57), Nicolas Gaitan, Mauro Boselli, Diego Perotti

(Franco Jara 69).