Nigeria's World Cup nemesis: Super Eagles set for fifth meeting with Argentina

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sbo bz sbobet Nigeria will face Argentina for the fifth time in just their sixth World Cup finals appearance in Russia, with the rather ominous record of losing all four previous meetings hanging over them. The two sides were drawn together in Group D, meaning that the 1998 tournament in France was the only time the Super Eagles have qualified without coming up against the South American side.

First meeting: Nigeria 1-2 Argentina - Foxborough, USA - June 25, 1994
Nigeria played Argentina in just their second-ever World Cup game at the 1994 World Cup in the USA. Both sides had enjoyed emphatic wins in their opening games, with Argentina beating Greece 4-0 and the Super Eagles seeing off Bulgaria 3-0, but a side featuring Finidi George, Sunday Oliseh and Michael Emenalo would be beaten by the South Americans.

Second meeting: Nigeria 0-1 Argentina - Ibaraki, Japan - June, 2, 2002
Eight years later the two sides would again meet in the group stage of the World Cup. Their opening-round game was settled by a Gabriel Batistuta goal for Argentina in the 63rd minute. The scoreline somewhat flattered Nigeria as well, as they were kept in the game by goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu.

Third meeting: Nigeria 0-1 Argentina - Johannesburg, South Africa - June 12, 2010
Four years later and it was much the same story. Nigeria once again met Argentina and they were once again on the end of a 1-0 defeat. Vincent Enyeama could do nothing to deny Gabriel Heinze's header after six minutes, and the likes of Yakubu, Obafemi Martins and Danny Shittu failed to recover from the defeat against Diego Maradona's side. They threw away a lead to lose 2-1 against Greece in their next game and drew 2-2 with South Korea in their final game, again finishing bottom of their group. sbo bz sbobet

Fourth meeting: Nigeria 2-3 Argentina - Porto Alegre, Brazil - June 25, 2014
Brazil 2014 and yet again they meet, although this time the match was the final group game. Nigeria opened their campaign with a goalless draw against Iran, before Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Victory would have seen the Super Eagles top the group and twice Ahmed Musa goals cancelled out Lionel Messi strikes, but Marcos Rojo's 50th-minute effort was enough to secure a 3-2 win for Argentina.Iran's failure to win meant that Nigeria qualified for the last 16 for the first time in 16 years, but finishing second in the group left them with a tough tie against France, which they lost 2-0.

Fifth meeting: Nigeria v Argentina - Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 26, 2018
Nigeria and Argentina have battled it out in North America, Asia, Africa and South America, now it's time for them to take their battle to Europe. The two sides meet again in their final Group D game, having been placed alongside Croatia and Iceland. Nigeria cruised to qualification, but history suggests that they'll more than likely need a result by the time they meet Messi and company. sbo bz sbobet



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Wolves' Carl Ikeme in remission following leukaemia battle



beer789 Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has revealed he is in remission, having battled against leukaemia for the past year.The 32-year-old was diagnosed last July, during pre-season, when a blood test returned an abnormal result.There has been an outpouring of support for Ikeme since then as the illness saw him miss all of last season and a chance to go to the World Cup with Nigeria.

"After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION," he posted on Instagram, alongside a photograph of him with his children."I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me. beer789

"The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words."I can't thank everyone at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital enough for their care!!! What next? Who knows... I'm just taking it a day at a time."Ikeme is a product of the Wolves academy and made his first-team debut in 2003. Since then he has spent several spells away from the club on loan deals but remains on their books as they return to the Premier League next season.

A number of Wolves players sported 'Ikeme' shirts during promotion celebrations as messages of support continue to come in - the club tweeting in reply to his message."There have been some fantastic moments this year but this by far tops them all. We're all delighted for you, @Carl--Ikeme. See you soon," a tweet from the club's official account read. beer789