Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Argentina (442): Romero, Otamendi, Heinze, Demichelis, Burdisso, Mascherano, M Rodriguez, di Maria (Veron 66'), Higuain, Tevez (Aguero 80'), Messi
Nigeria (451): Enyeama, Odiah, Taiwo (Adeleye 58'), Yobo, Shittu, Etuhu, Haruna, Kaita (Kanu 58'), Ayegbeni, Uche, Obasi (Martins 80')
Argentina began their tournament with a dominating 3-0 victory over an outclassed Nigerian side that never looked like scoring. The skills of Messi, Tevez and Maxi Rodriguez turned the African defenders inside out on several occasions leading a 2-0 advantage at the break. A poor punch from keeper Enyeama on a Heinze cross allowed Lionel Messi to clean up with a neat volley, and Maxi Rodriguez doubled the lead when a corner kick ended on his foot and he rattled it home off the bar. It could have been worse with Higuin, di Marla and Heinze all misfiring.
Nigeria improved in the second half with more alert defending and a couple of good stops from Enyeama, but the blue and white tide eventually proved too much again when Nicolas Burdisso had a top-in after Veron's shot came back off the post.
Argentina 3 - 0 Nigeria
ARG Messi 13'
ARG M Rodriguez 40'
ARG Burdisso 78'
NGA Kalta 27'
Man of the Match:
ARG Lionel Messi