Top spot up for grabs
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With Argentina already through to the Round of 16 and Nigeria not yet mathematically sure of joining them, the hosts might seem the more likely team to be fired up for this final outing in Group A. That is unfair on the South American title hopefuls, though, who are keen to advance as section winners, meaning spectators can expect a hotly contested encounter between two of the biggest names in world football at any age group. The two rivals have relocated to Bauchi for the match, with Germany and Honduras contesting their game at the same time in Abuja.

The game
Argentina-Nigeria, Friday 29 October, Bauchi, 16:00 (local time)

The stakes
Not only do Argentina hope to lift the trophy, they also want to win all their matches - and, despite having already sewed up their passage to the next round, this meeting with Nigeria is no different. Jose Luis Brown's charges have targeted first place in their pool so will need to collect at least a point in Bauchi, but do not expect them to play for a draw. It is not the result they are looking for and, according to their coach, they are incapable of simply pulling the shutters down at the back. Instead, they will attempt to continue their faultless progress.

In the Nigerian camp, the win over Honduras announced their belated arrival in the competition, even if they had to settle for the slenderest of margins. The result won over the precious few supporters not already behind the team and now the Golden Eaglets can count on the backing of an entire nation. If John Obuh's team hope to cultivate that support, they will need to avoid playing for the stalemate that would guarantee them second spot in the standings.

The stat
4
- The number of shots on target Nigeria mustered against Honduras despite an overall total of 23 attempts. Will the Golden Eaglets manage a higher success rate than 17 per cent against Argentina?

The words
"All the players here are making the same effort, go through the same training sessions and listen to the same talks. Because of that I'll try to give playing time to all of them, especially if certain starters are tired." Jose Luis Brown, Argentina coach

"The players gave the Nigerian people a win and now we hope to stay on this course to seal our qualification. Against Argentina, there's no question of us playing for a draw; we'll be playing for the victory." John Obuh, Nigeria coach