ending their last qualifying match against Algeria 1-1, Nigeria have
now logged one of the best records in the qualifying race to the World
Super Eagles unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying has extended to 37
matches. They suffered their last defeat in World Cup qualifying on 20
Super Eagles record is the second-best streak in World Cup
preliminaries history, behind Spain (63, still active) and tied with
Germany (who had 36 from 1934 to 1985).
the last qualifier against Algeria in Constantine, Nigeria opened the
scoring through John Ogu, who curled in a superb shot from over 20 yards
out into the top corner.
had plenty of goalscoring chances in the match, but they had to settle
for a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot scored by captain
who had already secured qualification last month and had nothing other
than pride at stake, were without the injured Victor Moses and Mikel Obi
on the bench.
But they used the outing to give other players an opportunity to stake their claim for a place at the finals in Russia.
midfield replacement, John Ogu, who plays in Israel, hammered home a
left footed strike in the 63rd minute, taking advantage of a poor
defensive clearance, to give Nigeria the lead after 63 minutes.
might have been sent off ten minutes earlier after appearing to head
butt an opponent, but was only booked by Gabonese referee Eric Otogo.
home side missed two clear chances in the second half through Islam
Slimani and Aissa Mandi right in front of goal, after slips by Nigeria’s
goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
also had a chance just 23 seconds into the match as he powered through
the visiting defence in an effort to get his head onto a cross from
But his effort went wide.
Medjani blasted a long range effort wide of the target after 12 minutes
as Algeria looked for a win in their first match under new coach Rabah
The former Algeria forward was back for a third spell in charge.
Tony Nwakaeme, on his Nigeria debut, shot on the turn just before
half-time as the Algerian defence failed to clear in their own penalty
He forced a sharp save out of goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi.
than the scoreline, the match was a remarkable one as five Leicester
City players featured in the game in the city of Constantine.
and Slimani for the hosts and Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi both
started for Nigeria, with Ahmed Musa coming on as a substitute.
*The group’s final match comes up on Saturday, with Zambia hosting Cameroon