What Alex Iwobi did to Javier Mascherano before his goal has got Twitter very excited

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When Argentina took on Nigeria in an international friendly, the general consensus was that the South American nation would stroll to victory.

Jorge Sampaoli's side may have struggled to qualify for the World Cup and were without Lionel Messi but still, the likes of Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala were surely too strong for the African side.

At first, it looked as if the predictable was going to happen as the Argentine's put themselves 2-0 up, Ever Banega and Aguero getting the goals.

However, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a brilliant free-kick just before the break and then, on 52 minutes, Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi had equalised before Brian Oduwu put the Eagles into the lead.

On 73 minutes, Iwobi got his second to seal a memorable 4-2 win.


Now, the free-kick was pretty special, but it was what Iwobi did to Barcelona's Javier Mascherano in the build-up to Nigeria's fourth goal that had everyone talking.

As he charged towards the goal, the Nigerian starlet nonchalantly nutmegged the former Liverpool man, leaving him looking pretty embarrassed.

It is almost a carbon copy of what Luis Suarez did to David Luiz when he played for PSG back in 2015.


Such was the brilliance of Iwobi's feet that Twitter had to send their sympathies to poor Mascherano. Well, some did, others simply mocked the Argentine defender.


I'm sure Mascherano will be having nightmares about it for a few days and will probably glue his legs shut together in Barcelona training, particularly with Messi and Suarez about.

The loss to the Nigerian's further highlights that Argentina will struggle in Russia if Messi is not in form.

Their defence is incredibly leaky, while they really lack any real midfield spark at the moment.


"We talked to him [Sampaoli].


"We play many games in the season — the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, La Liga, plus everything about the national team and the trips.

"I want to get to the World Cup in the best way."

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