It was supposed to be an international friendly but it seems some Argentines expected more than an experimental performance.

They are highly disappointed at their coach Jorge Sampaoli for losing scandalously to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The Super Eagles recovered from  2-0 down to beat the Lionel Messi-less South American powerhouse running riot in the second half at the Krasnodar Stadium.

And Argentina fans, whose team had beaten Nigeria four times in a competitive affair and once in a friendly encounter, had expected a whitewash.

But goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Bryan Idowu and Alex Iwobi’s brace cancelled out Ever Banega’s 28th-minute strike and Sergio Aguero’s 36th international goal on the night.

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Sampaoli, who guided Chile to the 2015 Copa America title, was criticised by fans of the two-time world champions after his team squandered a comfortable 2-0 lead.

The majority of the former Sevilla manager’s critics on social media questioned his tactical inputs as they expressed their apprehension ahead of the World Cup.

“Sampaoli has less football idea than my old one,” Valeentin  Moran wrote on Twitter.

“Sampaoli does not have to direct the national team anymore,” Pablo Almeiraa wrote.

But Sampaoli defended his team, saying they did their best to win the encounter.


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