Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to victory over Nigeria in Dhaka - the guardian

Lionel Messi, second from left, two direct Argentina's goals in the 3: 1-victory over Nigeria in Dhaka. Photo: Saurabh das / AP

Set up two goals Lionel Messi and the Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín scored twice against to Argentina to a friendly 3-1 victory over Nigeria in the to inspire the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

Messi, the Argentina captain, referred to in the 24th minute for Higuaín control to shoot the ball a perfect one-touch pass barefoot right in the corner of Nigeria goalkeeper, DELE Aiyenugba.

Two minutes later Messi won the ball on the centre line three defenders in one were able to beat in the penalty area. His shot from Aiyenugba but saved, Angel di María was to open up on the one hand in the recovery.

, Chinedu Obasi moved the ball back from the byline for the replacement of high into the net to Half-time the African side shoot hope to give Nigeria Captain John Obi Mikel. But Higuaín wrapped up the victory with his second goal in the 65th minute, picking up di Maria pass and scored in the second attempt, after Aiyenugba the first saved.

Messi's performance drew the admiration of a crowd of more than 20,000 in the capital of Bangladesh, as well as both coaches. "It was not possible, contain Messi", Siasia said the coach of Nigeria, Samson.

Alejandro Sabella assumed as Argentina to the team in the Copa América coach in August after Uruguay in the Quarter-finals. He immediately Messi as Captain appointed and said that he planned the team to the Barcelona forward.

Messi has since then two game winning performances in the friendly 1-0-victory over Venezuela in Delhi and now against Nigeria, produced, and has even if he goes his form for Barcelona on the international stage not yet translated. "No matter whether Messi or not, scores, as long as he plays well everyone happy is," Sabella said.

In Brussels, Jürgen Klinsmann slipped United States to a second successive defeat under their new coach, after a 55th-minute a strike by Nicolas Lombaerts Belgium friendly 1-0-victory gave.

Klinsmann took over from Bob Bradley in July and his team signed with Mexico and Costa Rica in friendlies before this match at the King Baudouin stadium had lost.

Belgium that fight that to qualify for the Euro 2012, were forced at the top for most of the first half and the United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 26th minute with a low shot by Timmy Simons. Dries Mertens then went close as the home team full advantage of the space in the last third of the pitch, which has given them twice,.

Marouane Fellaini an other good reaction forced saving his Everton Team-mate Howard, but it was not until 10 minutes after the break, which scored Belgium. The ball has been disabled to Lombaerts on the edge of the area, and he struck a sweet left-foot drive to beat the a partially unsighted Howard.

The United States enjoyed some intelligent possession soccer sometimes but some chances, even though she confused links were, as Maurice edu had excluded a header in the 86th minute.

Your advantage in the double overtime, but Chelsea 18-year-old Romelu Lukaku forward was bad from the target value from a promising position should be Belgium.

Australia overcame heat and jet lag to ease past Saudi Arabia saw 3-1 but exhausted, during a 1-1 draw Japan with Uzbekistan in the third round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup 2014 on Tuesday.

Australia's sketchy 2-1-victory over Thailand last week was not convincing, but in Dammam, the Saudis raised two goals from Josh Kennedy and a penalty by Luke Wilkshire at the beginning of the Group d

On the other hand, Japan's way game went experience working for a draw. Uzbekistan wasted a string chances against a Japan page still taste defeat in 13 play, since the Italian Alberto Zaccheroni for free in October.

Server Djeparov early Uzbekistan in the lead after eight minutes, celebrates with a triple back flip as the home fans torches lit up and roared with delight.

Shinji Okazaki diving header gave Japan a barely deserved compensation in the 65th minute. Japan top group C on four points ahead of Uzbekistan goal difference.

North Korea, unlucky 1-0 losers in Japan on Friday, scraped to go past Tajikistan 1-0 in Pyongyang, third in the group.

Elsewhere, recovered 2007 Asian champions Iraq themselves of their shock home defeat by Jordan last week in Singapore in Group A 2-0 win and to give his first win as coach Zico.

South Korea played to a 1-1 draw in Kuwait to the top Group B goal difference, both teams with four points.

Iran of the in the first place in Group E despite drawing 1-1 against Qatar in Doha.

Crossed 3-0 in a group D match in Bangkok Thailand one-victory over a lackluster Oman thanks Sompong Soleb, Teerasil Dangda and an own goal by Rashid al-Farsi.

In Beirut again Lebanon to their group B campaign with a 3-1-victory over U.A.E..

Bahrain 2-0 scored in each half by Sayed Dhiya Saeed Shubbar and I. Latif, in the group e against Indonesia

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Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to victory over Nigeria in Dhaka - the guardian