At the break, however, the Manchester City man suffered a yet unknown problem and was forced to leave the Stadion FK in Krasnodar and seek medical treatment.
AOIFootball.com can confirm authoritatively that Chippa United goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi is expected to return to the goalpost in place of regular shot-stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who has been deputising Carl Ikeme in recent games.
Normal service was quickly resumed, though Argentina's wastefulness in front of goal continued to disappoint as Salvio fired over and Di Maria also missed the target.
Aguero remains in good form, but Argentina will need to do better in the final third if they are to make short work of the Nigerian threat.
"No doubt, Messi is one of the best in the world but his absence doesn't mean Argentina will be a very easy team for the Super Eagles. What is important is for the Super Eagles to get to understand the sleek South Americans' style of play".
They have met at Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and senior level, dating back to 1993 when Nigeria's U17s played Argentina for the first time.
CHANCE: Pavon is picked out and crosses first-time on the volley from the right.
Debutant Idowu made it 3-2 in favour of Nigeria moments later when he latched onto a pass inside the box delivered by Iheanacho.
Former Nigeria international, Sylvanus Okpalla has said that today's friendly match between the Super Eagles and Argentina at the Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, is a serious business and he expects the Nigerian players to see it as such.
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