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Nigeria 1-2 Argentina: Five things we learned


first_imgMarcos Rojo scored a brilliant late volley to send Argentina through to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup with a dramatic victory over Nigeria in St Petersburg.Messi’s Birthday, The Missing Key?Messi’s first 2 games in the World Cup were definitely games to forget. His body language has looked rather flat at times and his desire has been questioned. However, after celebrating his 31st birthday during the week, Messi seems to have found a new spark. Against Croatia, he managed 47 touches in the entire game but against Nigeria, he accumulated 41 touches only in the first half and scored the first goal. Messi looked more confident and more like the Messi we’ve grown to see.Nigeria’s StrategyIn the first half, Nigeria was more interested in marking spaces in their defensive third. This meant that Argentina had enough space to pass the ball around and were totally dominant in the midfield. The pressing from the midfield trio of Mikel Obi, Etebo and Wilfred N’didi was not forceful enough. Messi sneaked in-behind a high defensive line and scored the first goal. Nigeria was always living on the edge and were very fortunate to go into halftime only a goal down. In the second half, Nigeria was more forceful and pressed with more energy but after the equalizing goal, Nigeria repeatedly switched between a back 5 and a back 6 and relied on counter attacks. Nigeria will rue their missed opportunities as they had several chances to go 2-1 during counter attacks. They stayed compact in the middle and forced Argentina wide.Unfortunately, it was a cross from the right flank which resulted in Nigeria’s winning goal.Argentina’s Tactical Changes Jorge Sampaoli ditched the 3 back system and opted for a 4 back. This was in response to their horrid performance against Croatia. It proved effective as Argentina played better and moved the ball faster. They appeared more comfortable with a 4 back formation and had better off the ball movements. It is of notable mention that both of Argentina’s goals were from intelligent movement to outwit the Nigerian defence. Di Maria and Ever Banega were also introduced into the starting lineup in order to add more creativity and pace to the Argentinian forward play. Argentina Has The Antidote For African TeamsArgentina has lost once in 6 games against African opposition in the world cup with their only loss coming against Cameroon during Italia 1990. Argentina has now beaten Nigeria in 3 consecutive world cups: 2010 [1-0], 2014 [3-2] and now, 2-1.Another Last Gasp  GoalAgain, an African side conceded a late goal. We have spoken about this issue countless number of times but the situation hasn’t been rectified. It is a worrying trend which leaves question marks on the levels of concentration and leadership in the African teams. —Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more


Confirmed: Rangers complete signing of Liverpool starlet on four-year deal


first_img Jordan Rossiter in action for Liverpool 1 Jordan Rossiter has signed an agreement with Rangers to join the Light Blues in the summer, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The 19-year-old England youth international will move from Liverpool on a four-year deal until 2020.Midfielder Rossiter made five first-team appearances for his boyhood club after captaining and graduating from the Liverpool academy, including featuring against Sion in the Europa League, Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of the Merseyside club.Rossiter is Mark Warburton’s third recruit for next season following the captures of Matt Crooks and Josh Windass as the Gers boss gears up for the Ladbrokes Premiership.Warburton told the club’s official website: “Jordan is an outstanding young England youth international who will be an excellent addition to the Rangers squad.“Technically gifted and game aware, he also has a first-class character and displays a tigerish desire to reach the highest levels of the game.“It is a pleasure to welcome him to the club.”Rossiter was out of contract at Liverpool and with Gers’ head of recruitment Frank McParland aware of him from his Anfield days, the midfielder was snapped up by Warburton.Rossiter described the move as “an honour,” telling the club’s official website: “I am made up to be here, it is a great club with a lot of history, you look at the likes of Rangers’ teams and players over the years and I am really looking forward to getting started.“I have come from a massive club like Liverpool to another massive club like Rangers so it is a great feeling for me and an honour.“I know Frank McParland from my Liverpool days and working with the academy with him and he is a great fella. I am looking forward to working with him again and getting started here.“He didn’t need to sell the club to me, it doesn’t need much selling.“You look at Murray Park, which is a great training facility and then Ibrox; I walked into Ibrox and I was a bit taken aback by it.“I walked in and saw all the mahogany walls and it’s nice and old, you can tell it is a stadium with a lot of history and I’m sure there will be a lot more made there in the future.”“I chose Rangers because of the history it has got, it is a massive club and I don’t think people realise down south how big a club it really is.“I think I have always known and so have my family and it is just a great opportunity to carry on learning my trade.“Rangers is a club which wins trophies and winning trophies would be brilliant, they have two already and are going for a third next week so it is a club that is always going to win things and next season, hopefully, I can help with that.”last_img read more


GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK


first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesGlenswilly 5kThe annual 5k takes place next Tuesday, June 23rd, starting at 7.30pm. A large crowd is expected at the event which has been a great success since it started in 2012. Those entering the run and walk will all be chipped and people can pre-register on Monday night next between 6-7pm or on the night of the race from 6pm. The cost is €8 for adults, €2 for U18s and €20 per family. Full details are available on the club’s Facebook page. Help for the 5KPlans are well underway for the club’s 5k but help is needed on the night. Anyone who can stewart at the event should contact Brendan Walsh. Also anyone who can provide refreshments including baked goods or sandwiches is asked to drop them down on the evening of the race from 6pm onwards.BingoBingo continues in the hall every Wednesday night with more than €2,000 in prize money up for grabs. The bingo starts at 9pm. Congrats to U14 girlsWarmest congratulations to the U14 girls team who beat St.Columba’s of Glencolmcille to book their place in the championship semi-final. The girls will face Downings in their quest to book their place in the final. Well done girls.U10 trainingThere will be no U10 training next Tuesday evening because of the staging of the 5k. Training will resume again the following week at 6.15pm.Tickets for Donegal game Anyone looking for tickets for the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Derry at Clones on Saturday week is asked to email their requests to club secretary Aisling McDaid at [email protected] before Thursday, Jun 18th at 10pm. Anyone who books a ticket is responsible for that ticket.Congrats to the Glenswilly foursome!A major congratulations to Gary McFadden, Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher (and mentor Gary McDaid!) after last Sunday’s terrific performance against Armagh. Well done to the four lads for representing their county and club with such honour.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more