Saturday, November 12, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Nigeria vs Algeria (World Cup Qualifier)

Two of Africa's finest squads go head to head in Uyo as Nigeria hosts Algeria in their second Group B World Cup Qualifier.

Nigeria have made four changes to the starting XI from last month’s World Cup qualifier with Brown Ideye, Wilfred Ndidi and Moses Simon on the bench.


90'+2 - Goal! Victor Moses scores another goal for Nigeria

87 - Ahmed Musa sneaks in but he fails to hit target, Nigeria now on the front foot

86 - Etebo is brought down, free kick for Nigeria in a good position

84 - Nigeria's Ahmed Musa caught offside

82 - Nigeria change - Mikel out, Wilfred Ndidi in

81  - Akpeyi tips a fangerous free kick for a corner bit nothing comes out of that set piece

The North Africans have not surrendered, they have kept pushing for an equaliser

80 - Algeria SUBSTITUTION:  Ziti out, Sofiane Feghouli in
79' - Iheanacho makes a good run down the left flank and cuts the ball back into the middle for Moses, but the Chelsea star fails to make contact to the lofted cross in the box.

76' - Free kick to Nigeria after Mikel Obi was fouled by an Algerian

75 - Nigeria SUBSTITUTION: Ahmed Musa in, Iwobi out

73 - Algeria are shooting from distance as the North Africans pile on more pressure

71 - Algeria SUBSTITUTION: Abeid Mehdi in, Carl Medjani out

70 - Nigeria caught offside, free kick to Algeria

67' - Algeria get the goal through Bentaleb from about 25 metres. Akpeyi was well beaten

67' - Goal!! Nabil Bentaleb

66' - Nigeria SUBSTITUTION: Kennteh Omeruo out, Abdullahi Shehu in

63 - The game is held up to attend to a head injury suffered by Omeruo in the Algeria penalty box

61 - YELLOW CARD. Aissa Mandi is booked for a late foul on Victor Moses, who has remained so lively in this encounter

58 - Taider of Algeria shoots at Nigeria goal, but it is off the mark, but still a good effort

57 - Yacine Brahimi has been pepering the Nigeria defence from the left side with his pace and trickery as Algeria peg Nigeria in their own half

56 - Algeria win a second corner

55' - Algeria now in control of the game, taking it to their host.

52 - Leon Balogun stops Mahrez from doing damage, the game is held up temporarily folowing injury to Ogenyi Onazi

50' - Yellow card for Nabil Bentaleb for late tackle on Victor Moses outside Algeria box.

49' - NIgeria's Etebo makes a vital block at the near post to deny Algeria's Brahimi.

46 - In high spirits, Nigeria restart the game


45+1 - Nigeria gift Algeria a chance to pull a goal back but somehow the Algerian player smashes his effort from deep inside away from the target.

42 - GOAL! Nigeria score again and the scorer is Mikel, who rolled the ball home after a moment of hesitation. Television replays later showed  the Eagles captain was put on side by a last Algeria defender

42' - GOAL!! Mikel Obi

40 - Skipper Mikel Obi has been in sparkling form for the Super Eagles

39 - Iheanacho dashes through the Algeria defence but his touch is too long for the goalkeeper to smother

38 - Almost immediately, Riyad Mahrez shoots for goal, but it is also off target to the relief of the home team

35' - Big MISS! Bentaleb misses from close range after a nice piece of work from Brahimi in the left.

33' - Nigeria have not settled after taking the lead. The visitors are pressing them hard at the moment.

32 - Etebo shoots for goal, but it misses by much as the Eagles continue to pour forward

30 - Iheanacho just fails to connect a fine cross by Victor Moses for what would have been a second goal for the flying Eagles. It was very, very close as the Algerian defence simply stood still

28 - Air shot by Mikel and then a hand ball on top of the Algeria box, free kick Algeria

27 - Ziti of Algeria is booked for a foul on the lively Victor Moses

Mikel combined with his Chelsea  matewho dashed into the box to fire home. But Victor Moses is later booked for removing his shirt in celebration of his goal

26' - Yellow card for Victor Moses.

25 - GOAL! Victor Moses opens scoring for Nigeria

24 - The tempo of this game has eased off now

22 - The game has opened up and both sides are going at each other now, Akpeyi punches out of danger a dangerous cross by Brahimi

18 - The game is in need of a goal. It remains Nigeria 0 Algeria 0

14' - Algeria have been pressing Nigeria from the front and getting the Eagles defence to comit some unnecessary mistakes

11 - Troost-Ekong of Nigeria is caught offside as Nigeria attack again

10 - Algeria's Islam Slimani has already been dishing out some of the rough stuff

9 - Nigeria are now keeping possession better

7 - Victor Moses comes close to opening goal, but his final shot is off target after he dashed into the box

6 - After a shaky start, Nigeria are gradually settling into their groove with the massive crowd cheering

4 - Offside against Algeria, Nigeria have been struggling to get out of their own half of the pitch so far

3' - Free kick to Nigeria.

2' - Mikel is brought down just outside his own penalty box

1' - We are underway. Algeria kick off.


Nigeria starting XI

Daniel Akpeyi – Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong – Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi - Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi - Kelechi Iheanacho

Algeria starting XI:

M’Bolhi – Ziti, Ghoulam, Belkaroui, Mandi – Medjani (captain), Taider, Bentaleb – Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani


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