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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

Argentina got their 2010 World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a dominant performance against Nigeria in Johannesburg.

Diego Maradona's side were able to capitalise on the space fatally afforded them by their opponents to register a well-deserved victory, secured through an early headed goal from Gabriel Heinze.

Juan Sebastian Veron delivered a corner to the penalty spot in the 6th minutes for Heinze to run in unmarked and powerfully head the ball into the top left hand corner of the net.

The South Americans remained the more likely to score, but they were either wasteful or unable to beat Enyeama, who kept his side as a credible threat in the match with further impressive saves from Higuain and Messi.

Nigeria had their chances, primarily down the left where makeshift Argentine right-back Jonas Gutierrez was often exposed, but forward Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi was wasteful.

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