City striker can outshine Nigeria’s Premier League contingent.
Nigeria dominated their opening match with Iran but were almost totally ineffective in the final third and had run out of ideas long before the final whistle.
The mass celebrations among Iran ranks showed how unexpected that point was for the Group F minnows and it may be a result that comes back to haunt the Super Eagles.
Premier League stars John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses both started their game in Curitiba and Shola Ameobi and Peter Odemwingie came off the bench, along with Joseph Yobo who ended last season at Norwich.
But Stephen Keshi’s team couldn’t find the killer touch and supporters might now be fearing the worst with Bosnia-Herzogovina up next and Argentina, one of the tournament favourites, awaiting in Porto Alegre next week.
Lionel Messi got their campaign off to a winning start but they had a few anxious moments against World Cup newcomers Bosnia-Herzogovina who will fancy their chances of making it through to the knockout stages.
Safet Susic’s men have real proud in their shirt and refused to roll over against Argentina despite putting through their own net inside the opening three minutes and then falling victim to a piece of Messi brilliance.
Edin Dzeko once again showed that he can be a real handful and has a decent foil in Lazio’s Send Lulic. His team actually managed more shots on target than Argentina and forced more corners so they’ll fancy their chances of more success against a Nigeria side that seems to be lacking a bit of self-belief.
Dzeko has a habit of scoring in big games for Manchester City and is 7/2 to score the first goal in the Arena Pantanal. Bosnia-Herzogovina are only 5/6 to win but showed more than enough in the Maracana to suggest they’ll cause Nigeria plenty of problems given defending has never been the African nation’s forte.
The match kicks off at 11pm UK time on Saturday June 21st at the Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba.