Argentina vs Nigeria: 5 things Ladan Bosso men did right against Mascherano's side

5 things Flying Eagles did to beat Argentina

Argentina vs Nigeria: 5 things Ladan Bosso men did right against Mascherano's side

Akan Anwankwo 07:51 - 01.06.2023

The Flying Eagles proved many doubters wrong as they stunned hosts Argentina at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup. Ladan Bosso's plan were well executed by his boys.

The Flying Eagles posted their best performance so far as a team when they humbled Argentina 2-0 at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup round of 16 clash.

The Nigerian U20 side scored two second half goals to progress into the quarter finals of the competition where they would meet with Ecuador or Korea.

Having beaten the most successful nation in the tournament, Nigeria will be looking ahead to win her first U20 World Cup in their history.

Here are 5 things Ladan Bosso did right against Argentina

1. Made a cautious approach

Flying Eagles |
Flying Eagles

The Flying Eagles did not come all out like the game against Brazil and they were not scared of the Argentines either.

They kept possession and defended as a unit, it was a game of midfield superiority and the likes of Daniel Daga, Tochukwu Nnadi and Samson Lawal were solid and composed.

2. They defended brilliantly

The defence line made several blocks from long range and headed clearances which frustrated the Argentinians.

Flying Eagles |
Flying Eagles

Daniel Bameyi and Solomon Agbalaka were magnificent in the wing-back, same as Abel Ogwuche and Benjamin Frederick who defended like their lives depended on it.

Credit also goes to goalkeeper Chijioke Aniagboso who made some important saves to keep the scoreline in Nigeria’s favour.

3. Free flow passing game

The Nigerian side passed the ball brilliantly to each other despite being pressured by their opponents.

Agbalaka, Jude Sunday and Daga did the triangular passing style to open up the midfield and at the other wing, Bameyi, Lawal and Nnadi showed quality when they transitioned into attack.

4. Created chances

Though Nigeria made just one serious threat on goal in the first half against Argentina’s seven, they won six corners to show they also have attacking threats.

The Argentines were superior in attack but Ladan Bosso’s men were patient till they got their opportunity to score.

5. Exceptional substitutes

Flying Eagles |
Flying Eagles

By the time Riliwanu Sarki and Umeh Emmanuel came in for Jude Sunday and Salim Fago early in the second half, it was obvious Bosso desperately needed a goal.

And barely six minutes after the change was made, Umeh gave Muhammed the decisive pass for the striker to score.

Victor Eletu’s introduction later on also produced the second goal as the AC Milan star persistence paid off as he pressured the defender before setting up Sarki for a diving header for Nigeria’s second goal.