Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Super Eagles fall to 1-0 defeat against Algeria

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The Algerian desert foxes were victorious against the Nigerian Super Eagles by clinching a 1-0 victory in Friday’s international friendly in Austria.

An early goal from defender Bensebaini Rami ensured Algeria’s victory.

The match also saw FC Midtjylland midfielder Frank Onyeka and FC Porto’s Zaidu Sanusi make their Super Eagles debut.

Algeria approached after 3 minutes after a dangerous cross from the left, but Zaidu Sanusi cleared for a corner. The Foxes’ positive start finally paid off when they opened the scoring in the 6th minute through Rami.

Rami reacted faster with his header that came off his own player from a corner kick to crash into the net.

Goalkeeper Okoye was called into action in the 20th minute when he went down well to stop a low shot from Brentford winger Said Benrahma.

The Eagles got their first chance of the game through Alex Iwobi, who drove into the Algerian area only to fire his shot just off target.

At the half-hour mark, Samuel Kalu slipped into a good position on the left, edging past his marker with a couple of steps, but went over the crossbar.

Algeria almost doubled their lead in the 36th minute, but Okoye made a superb save to clear a free-kick from Andy Delort.

A minute later, Paul Onuachu had the opportunity to equalize after finding a Sanusi cross that came out of the Algerian goal for a corner.

The Eagles continued to find a good opening and came back in the 42nd minute, but Kalu’s shot from outside the area was well saved by the Algerian goalkeeper.

The Eagles made their first trade before the start of the second half with Mikel Agu replacing Onyeka.

Five minutes after the second half, Moses Simon came in for Kalu, who was hit in the knee before attempting a long pass.

At the hour mark, Tyronne Ebuehi attempted a long-range shot that went just off target. In the 65th minute, William Troost-Ekong made a timely intervention to cut a dangerous low cross.

The Eagles made a double change in the 67th minute with Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin Akpoguma replacing Onuachu and Ebuehi respectively.

The Algerians had a free kick in a decent area after a foul by Leon Balogun, but Delort’s shot missed.

In the 85th minute, Okoye made a good save as he leaned towards safety.

In overtime, Iheanacho nearly scored the late tying goal, but saw his shot missed on a free kick.

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