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Friendly Match: Super Eagles Held To A Draw By Ukraine in Dnipro


It was a four-goal thriller in Dnipro, Ukraine as Super Eagles were held to draw by their hosts in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

Two second-half goals denied Nigeria a deserving victory against Andriy Shevchenko’s team in Dnipro.

The Eagles were dominant from the early stages and it took Glasgow Rangers forward Aribo just four minutes on his international debut to register his first Nigeria goal from a counter-attack.

Samuel Kalu danced his way past four defenders before brilliantly putting through new Everton signing Alex Iwobi, who passed for the perfectly-placed Aribo to slot past AndriyLunin, in goal for the Ukrainians.

Osimhen then added a second from the penalty spot on the half hour mark after the impressive Kalu was brought down inside the box.

Nigeria goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, ensured his side went into the break with a two-goal advantage, pulling off double one-hand saves to deny the Ukrainians in the 42nd minute.

The Eagles began the second half with more energy and relied more on long balls to lone striker Osimhen, who caused problems for Andriy Shevchenko’s defenders with his pace and trickery.

Gernot Rohr later brought on Moses Simon and the returning Anderson Esiti for Kalu and Iwobi respectively.

The substitutions proved costly, as the Eagles caved in, giving the Europeans the chance to capitalise and torment the three-time African champions in the latter period of the game.

Manchester City forward Oleksandr Zinchenko slotted coolly past Uzoho in the 78th minute before Roman Yaremchuk grabbed the equaliser for Shevchenko’s side just seconds later, with video replays showing the ball had hit his hand on the way to goal.



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