Super Eagles Starting XI vs South Africa:
Daniel Akpeyi; Leon Balogun, Chima Akas, Kenneth Omeruo, Ogbonnaya; Hope Akpan, Ogenyi Onazi, Kingsley Sokari, Ahmed Musa (c), Moses Simon; Aaron Samuel
1- South Africa kick off the game but lose possession to Nigeria. Aaron Samuel fouled
2- Samuel’s freekick is straight to the South Africa keeper
3- Kingsley Sokari wins a freekick for Nigeria
5- Leon Balogun’s cross is headed out for a throw but Sokari’s ensuing shot is wayward
6- Daniel Akpeyi acrobatically palms away a direct shot for a corner. The former youth international dives again to save another shot towards goal
10- The Eagles about to have a throw-in for Nigeria. Kenneth Omeruo is down with a hamstring problem.
12- Play resumes after temporarily being halted. Godfrey Oboabona substitutes Omeruo.
16- Rantie, bearing down on goal fails to get to the end of a long pass
21- Chima Akas concedes possession to South Africa. The hosts eventually failed to make use of the chance.
22- Samuel’s cross lacks a killer punch which does not trouble South Africa backline
25- Leon Balogun blocks a goal-bound shot from Rantie, which goes out for a corner after impressively swivelling away from other defenders
28- South Africa should have had a corner after a deflection from one of the Eagles’ defence.
32- Ogenyi Onazi is yellow-carded, the first of the game.
33- Nelson Ogbonnaya heads the ball away bravely, breaking up a South African attacker
36- Hope Akpan fouls South Africa’s Serero. Freekick to South Africa. The effort goes up
38- South Africa gets a freekick, Chima Akas handled the ball there
42- Aaron Samuel curls in a left-footed shot that misses target
44- South Africa forwards fail to punish a clumsy Eagles defence as Nigerian defenders clear their lines.
45- The Eagles take their freekick then the referee blows for end of first half.
HT: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria
45- Nigeria kick off.
45- SUBS (Nigeria): Babatunde for Simon Moses; Steve Ukoh for Hope Akpan; John Ogu for Kingsley Sokari
50- John Ogu commits a foul and is yellow-carded. Freekick to South Africa. Serero’s kick goes off target
52- STATS: Fouls against South Africa 5, Nigeria’s is 7. Musa’s freekick loops over the bar
55- Aaron Samuel goes on a slalom run but commits a foul as he runs at the defender marking him
56- Leon Balogun gets himself injured as he makes to clear the ball from a South African forward
61- Godfrey Oboabona commits a reckless and needless tackle in the penalty box against Serero. Jali steps up but Daniel Akpeyi saves the penalty. The South Africans get a corner soon afterwards but the chances are now wasted
64- Steve Ukoh prods the ball towards Samuel but the China-based striker drifts back to midfield.
65- Ahmed Musa brilliantly turns away from his marker but his curling shot is off targer.
SUB: Odion Ighalo replaces Aaron Samuel.
67- Ogenyi Onazi stopped in his tracks as he runs at the South Africans. His zipped pass to Ighalo is cut out
70- Nigeria’s Akpeyi catches the ball almost deflected for a South African corner.
72- South Africa Substitution: Majoro in for Rantie
76- Thabo Matlaba of South Africa receive medical attention and stretched off after a rough treatment from the Nigerian defenders.
78- Akeem Latifu in for Nelson Ogbonnaya (Nigeria substitution). Khumalo in for Matlabo (South Africa substitution)
80- Onazi gives away possession, putting his defenders. Under undue pressure
81- John Ogu fouls Serero 25 metres away from goal. South Africa’s freekick is taken by Jali and his effort is deflected for a corner. Akpeyi claims the ball
85- GOAL! Ahmed Musa receives a great pass from Odion Ighalo. He controls the ball cooly and places his curling shot to the far right beyond the reach of the Bafana keeper
87- Akpeyi claims the ball from a floated misplaced pass.
88- Ighalo and Musa combine well but drifts too wide, unable to direct his low shot on target$$
89- John Ogu’s shot goes wayward
90- 4 minutes has been added after regulation. Babatunde dribbles too much and loses a great chance to whip in a cross
90+2- Bongani Zungu scores for South Africa. Zungu sweeps home a rebound after a good work by Daniel Akpeyi, who is let down by his poor defenders, chief among them, Godfrey Oboabona.
90+4: The ref ends the game. South Africa 1-1 Nigeria.
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