World Cup pre-game: Nigeria vs. Argentina

While the Argentines are already through to the next round, Nigeria can join them with a victory or a draw when the two teams clash in a Group F match Wednesday (CBC,, 11:30 a.m. ET).

Nigeria will go through with a draw or win

Lionel Messi has meant everything to Argentina during this World Cup event in Brazil. (Jon Super/Associated Press)

Group F: Nigeria vs. Argentina

  • 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday June 25
  • CBC TV, streaming online at

What’s at stake

Argentina is through to the next round. But three wins in a row would add to their momentum.

Nigeria can get through if it wins or draw. But it would still go through with a lose and Bosnia beats Iran.

Impact players

Nigeria. Peter Odemwingie. This striker has Nigeria’s only goal in Brazil. And he wants more.

Argentina. Lionel Messi. He has back-to-back game-winning goals, while the entire world is watching this football magician.

What to watch for

Being safely through, Argentina may be tempted to cruise a little. But don’t count on it. This is the World Cup.

Nigeria is playing for at least a draw. So it may load up the midfield and backend to shut down Messi.

They said it

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this country. Playing for my fatherland is an honour and a pleasure.” — Odemwingie showing his national pride to The Guardian after his team won its second match.

“Obviously, I was very happy with the strike and then I heard people screaming and smiling.” — Messi talking to reporters about his late goal against Iran.

The big number

2 — The number of goals Messi has so far in Brazil, and the number of World Cup trophies won by Argentina. Will more of the former lead to more of the latter?

Obligatory fun fact

Argentina has played African teams five times at a World Cup final. In all five cases the total goals scored was an odd number (1-0, 2-1, 1-0, 1-0, 2-1).


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