Argentina beats Nigeria 2-1 to reach round of 16 in FIFA World Cup 2018


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Goalkeeper Franco Armani will make his debut for Argentina as one of five changes for their must win game against Nigeria in FIFA World Cup 2018.

Under-pressure Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli promised changes after the 0-3 loss to Croatia and he stuck to his word, also bringing in striker Gonzalo Higuain, midfielders Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega, and defender Marcos Rojo.

The selection of Franco is the biggest gamble, with the 31-year-old goalkeeper having only been called up by his country for the first time last month after spending most of his club career playing in Colombia. First-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero was injured before the tournament and backup Willy Caballero has paid the price for his embarrassing error that led to the first goal conceded against Croatia.

Sergio Aguero is among the other players dropped by Sampaoli for a game Argentina have to win to stand a chance of advancing from Group D alongside Croatia.

Nigeria's lineup was unchanged from their 2-0 win over Iceland that moved the team in second place in the group.

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