With the 2018 World Cup tournament just around the corner, the 32 participating teams in Russia are finalizing preparations and building up confidence before jetting off for the Eurasian country — of course each country expected to arrive at least five days before their first game.
Nigeria’s first foes in the tourney, the Group D opponents of Croatia, Iceland and Argentina continued their pre-tournament activities and we would recap how they fared versus the countries they faced off last week.
After the recess which saw scores deadlocked, goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino eventually saw off The Blazers, with Modric, Rakitic and Milan Badelj among those who made way in the second half.
Finnbogason earlier pulled one back for his side from the spot after 30 minutes though their visitors late onslaught handed Our Boys their third consecutive defeat going into their last tune-up game with Ghana next Thursday before they face Argentina.
Finally, Argentina were well in the mood and bounced back strongly from their 6-1 loss to Spain in March with a 4-0 trouncing of Haiti at their Alberto José Armando stadium in Buenos Aires.
Talismanic captain, Lionel Messi who started alongside a host of his influential teammates the likes of Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Willy Caballero and Javier Mascherano, hit a hat trick for the South Americans, opening the floodgates from the spot before dispatching another two well taken goals.
Sergio Aguero came off the bench to add further gloss with a fourth while Ever Banega, Cristian Pavon and Marcos Rojo also featured for Jorge Sampaoli’s side.