After days of speculation Argentina have finally confirmed their opponents for a second friendly in November as La Albiceleste will remain in Russia to face Nigeria in Krasnodar.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side were already scheduled to face World Cup hosts Russia at the recently reconstructed Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on November 11th but after failing to organise friendlies with the likes of Spain, France and Ukraine, Argentina will now travel to the Southern city of Krasnodar to meet Nigeria on the 14th.
The Super Eagles booked their place at next summer’s World Cup, topping CAF Group B with relative ease, and so should provide a decent test for as Sampaoli aims to assess his squad.
The 34,291 capacity stadium in Krasnodar failed to be selected as one of Russia’s World Cup sites but has hosted two friendlies previously and will provide Argentina with some sense of playing and travelling in the country.
The last time the two sides met was at the 2014 World Cup when Argentina defeated Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage thanks to a Lionel Messi brace and another by Marcos Rojo.
And there are six other senior meetings with Nigeria winning only once, a 4-1 friendly victory in 2011 in the capital of Abuja. That same year, Argentina won another friendly 3-1 in Bangladesh and there have been four other meetings in cup competitions.
A 2-1 win at the 1994 World Cup after a Claudio Caniggia brace, a goalless draw at the 1995 Confederations Cup, and two 1-0 wins at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups respectively.
In addition to some famous clashes at youth level in the Olympics and at the under-20 World Cup.
There will be nothing at stake in Krasnodar but both sides will be looking to prepare in the best possible way for the most important tournament in football.