Argentina vs Nigeria Argentina Match 39 Nigeria 26 June 2018 21:00 UTC+3 ( 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EST) Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg (64,468 Capacity) --------------------------------- Head-to-Head Statistics: - Matches Played: 8 (Official FIFA games) - 5 Argentina wins, 2 Nigeria wins (both friendlies), 1 tie - In World Cups: 4 Argentina wins (1994: 2-1, 2002: 1-0, 2010: 1-0, 2014: 3-2) - Additionally, 2 Olympic football finals have been decided between the two (1996: 3-2 Nigeria win, 2008: 1-0 Argentina win) Nigeria's Form: - Dominated in CAF WCQ. After proceeding to the final group stage with a 2-0 aggregate score vs. Swaziland, Nigeria finished on top of Group B (which they shared with Zambia, Cameroon, and Algeria) virtually undefeated. They registered one official loss due to fielding an ineligible player, but the game that was played actually finished 1-1. Other than that, they had all wins except for one tie vs. Cameroon. - Failed to qualify to the last two CAF African Cup of Nations (2015 & 2017). However, in their most recent participation (2013), they were crowned champions of the tournament. - Were finalists of the 2018 African Nations Championship, which they lost 4-0 to Morocco. However, it is worth noting that only domestic players are allowed to participate in said tournament, and thus doesn't reflect their full strength squad's potential. - Surprised Argentina with a 4-2 win in a friendly just 7 months ago. While it is true that Sampaoli did some experiments and Messi didn't play, it should serve as a strong warning to not underestimate the African side. - Arriving in poor form in terms of 2018 results: besides losing their opening Group D game vs. Croatia (0-2), the "Super Eagles" have registered losses vs. Serbia, the Czech Republic, and England in friendlies. They did, however, beat Poland 1-0 in their own home in a friendly in March.