Despite overcoming a sloppy start, the Super Eagles of Nigeria still lost 2-1 to the Three Lions of England in their pre-World Cup international friendly at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
The game, which was part of preparations for both teams ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, saw the hosts completely dominate the first half but were given a fair fight in the second half.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill headed England ahead from a corner in the 7th minute before Tottenham striker Harry Kane doubled their lead in the 39th minute.
At the return for the second half, with few changes by coach Gernot Rohr, the Eagles made a brilliant restart as Alex Iwobi reduced pulled one goal back in the 47th minute.
Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho made a couple of good saves for Nigeria in both halves.
Winger Victor Moses had the Eagles’ first attempt on goal but his left-foot strike was well saved by Everton goalie Jordan Pickford.
Rohr’s changes in the second half, and perhaps the pep talk in the dressing room, turned the game around as his team improved fairly in performance during the second 45 minutes.
Their fightback however could not amount for much as their sloppy start already cost them two goals.
The win was England’s second win against Nigeria in three meetings at senior level, the other was a draw at the 2002 World Cup.
The Eagles have one more friendly to play before finally jetting out for the World Cup finals in Russia. They face Czech Republic next Wednesday in Austria.
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