Real Madrid attacker Angel di Maria believes his team are doing a “terrific” job so far. Don’t think I would go that far but Argentina are 100% and could yet hit form. Surely di Maria and Aguero will have their say soon enough. Higuain too.
Statistics time: Nigeria have had 19 shots on target in their two games with a return of just one goal. With 46 in two games, they are above the tournament average [32.8] for getting crosses in the box. It’s the 0.8 cross that kills you in the end. Argentina have attempted 54 crosses but only nine have found the intended target.
We will keep a secondary eye on the Bosnia-Herzegovina game on the RTE stream. The Bos-H boys don’t like to belt out anthems. Not their style.
30mins - All of 30 yards out but di Maria gets some swerve on his shot. Enyeama has to dive to his left to push it out for a corner. It is swung in and Rojo wants a penalty. No dice.
32 mins - Good block by Oshaniwa to prevent Aguero from scoring.
Football journalist Sid Lowe reports that Argentina fans are singing their own version of Bad Moon Rising. Classic Creedence tune. The Dude loves C.C.R. Not sure what The Dude would make of the World Cup.
35 mins - Nigeria with a free-kick in a dangerous position. They will whip it in… Hold up. Aguero is sitting on the deck. Hammer gone again? Looks that way.
What a shame, Aguero’s season has been riddled with injuries and strains, and pains. The free-kick causes troubles but comes to nothing.
68 mins - Has the fight gone from Nigeria after that injury break? They are taking a while to get going but I feel they will fashion at least one more goalscoring chance. The defending on both sides has been poor. Surprising for two teams that had only conceded a combined one goal in four previous games.
71 mins - Ricky Alvarez replaced Messi. He is tracking back and tackling. Lavezzi has been lively since coming on but he cannot connect with Higuain in the centre of the Nigeria box.
English football commentator Jon Cotterill came out with this sharp tweet:
Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England
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