But the Super Eagles, who appeared determined fought back brilliantly and in the 45th minute Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho opened Nigeria's fightback with a curling freekick that beat the Argentine's goalkeeper.
World Cup preparation, and once more we've showed that our team spirit is key.
The Super Eagles have indeed had a brilliant 2017, overruning their African qualifying Group B opponents on the way to claiming the group's sole Russian Federation 2018 World Cup ticket before Tuesday night's superb victory.
The player has since returned to the team hotel with the rest of the squad.
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Nigeria's senior team have played Argentina eight times since 1994 and Tuesday's victory is only the second time the Eagles are coming out on top.
On resumption for the second half, Eagles up their game with skipper John Mikel Obi who was playing his 80th worldwide game at the senior level for Nigeria spraying accurate passes.
The Manchester City striker was substituted at half-time, triggering a staggering collapse from the South Americans at the Krasnodar Stadium.
Abdullahi ( 5/10) - Like Awaziem, he also had an average performance. Commanded the midfield well and ensured that Aguero and his Argie forwards did not have room to dominate the second half the way they did in the early part of the first stanza.