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Minute By Minute – Nigeria Vs Swaziland

Eagles line up vs Swaziland

Ikeme; Abdullahi, Akas, Ambrose, Oboroakpo, Onazi,  Onobi; Igboun, Simon, Musa (c); Ighalo

Subs
Alampasu, Ezenwa, Martins, Iheanacho, Ndidi, Orji, Oboabona, Mikel, Alimi, Bassey, Iwobi

This is the crucial 2018 World Cup second round qualifying match between Nigeria and Swaziland at the Adokie Amiesamieka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

The first leg ended 0-0 in Lombaba. A winner must emerge in this game and move to the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers.

IZUCHUKWU OKOSI your regular anchor takes you through this live blog.

The teams' anthems sang followed by the parade of handshakes.

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FT: Nigeria 2-0 Swaziland

90- Sabelo yellow-carded for a foul on Bassey. It is the turn of the hosts to be awarded a free-kick.

90: Three minutes added. Martins' free-kick is blocked

Dhulamni Plumnali red carded for that rash challenge

88- The Eagles win a free-kick. Onazi fouled

The Celtic defender jumps high to hook past Gwebu from a free-kick

86- Nigeria scores again through Efe Ambrose! 2-0

85- Bassey fouled. Free-kick Nigeria

84- Swaziland shot off target

80- Stretcher required for Simon Moses who writhes in pain on the ground. Ezekiel Bassey receiving instruction and about to be introduced.

78- Martins draw the applause of the Port Harcourt fans. Soon he is about to pull the trigger but he is deemed to have handled the ball.

77- Ighalo's low shot off a Martins' pass is saved by the foot of Gwebu in Swaziland goal post.

75- Martins' first touch of the ball now but he gives it away

73- Free-kick to Swaziland. Musa is making way for Obafemi Martins. Onazi gets the captain's armband

72- Simon Moses' close shot is saved. On the end, Swaziland's attack is foiled

70- Onazi's shot saved by Gwebu

69- A flurry of shots, nervy passes and poor Musa cross shot

68- Ahmed Musa's shot is poor! The guests' counter attacking plans stopped by the Eagles' midfield

67- Abdullahi crosses after a good Onazi pass but the ball is headed out

65- Ogenyi Onazi dribbles his way into the opposition box but loses the ball.

63- Efe Ambrose yellow-carded for a foul. Free-kick to Swaziland.

62- Simon Moses swivels but his half volley is off target

60- Igbonu wins a free-kick for Nigeria. But the Eagles refused the chance to go for a second goal. Sound defending

58- Akas wins a throw-in for Nigeria. The Eagles with the ball and another throw-in for Nigeria.

55- Ighalo's control let's him down but the ball is cleared. Corner for the Eagles turns into Swazi counter.

54- Nigeria's throw. The ball caught by Gwebu after a header. Yellow card for Igbonu

The free-kick beats the Swazi wall and nestles inside the net beyond Swaziland keeper, Gwebu in the 51st minute.

50- Free-kick for Nigeria. Igbonu fouled. Simon Moses stands behind the ball. And scores! Nigeria 1-0 Swaziland.

48- The Eagles exchange passes and now win a corner. Nigeria's best passage of play.

47- Sylvester Igbonu wastes a good chance, his shot wide after Ighalo's pass!

Onazi's shot blocked

45- Kick off of 2nd half

45- The referee ends the first half. It is still 0-0.

45+2: Musa thinks the Swaziland defender marking him had handled the ball, but no penalty.

45- Two minutes of added time in the first half

44- The Eagles flagged offside.

42- Simon wins a free-kick. He takes it and the Eagles get a corner.

40- A wayward shot by Simon. Off target.

39- Siyanbonga clears for corner. The Nigerian team with a chance but Ighalo denied a penalty despite a challenge

37- Akas floats the ball but Ighalo is impeded by Swaziland keeper, Gwebu Nhlahla

35- Musa bundled to the ground. Free-kick but a Simon shot is blocked!

32- Xumalo Zweli loses a great chance to score his placed effort misplaced.

32- Igbonu fires a shot wide

30- Chance for Ighalo to score. He shoots but it was disappointingly wide

29- Throw-in for Nigeria. Musa goes on a run but wins a corner

27- Musa was set to shoot but the ball is cleared.

26- Swaziland's first corner. They head wide

24- Odion Ighalo waltz through the Swaziland defence but loses the ball with no support from a team-mate. Musa receives medical attention.

21- Corner for Nigeria. Simon with it. Onazi drills a shot wide.

20- Chima Akas clears for Swaziland throw

18- The ball skids past Ighalo after good exchange of passes.

17- Throw for Nigeria. Swaziland who are gifted possession lose it

15- Ighalo handles the ball. Free-kick to Swaziland.

14- Throw-in for Nigeria but its a foul throw. The Swazis with the ball now.

12- Simon Moses with Nigeria's first shot on target from Ighalo's key pass

10- Sylvester Igbonu fouled. Free-kick to Nigeria.

9- Corner for Nigeria. Simon with the effort but now a throw for the Eagles

8- Igboun loses the ball but the Eagles recover the ball

7- Onazi's shot goes off target. Goal kick to the Swazis. In a second, Ighalo chases a pass but ball is cleared.

5- Ighalo wins Nigeria a corner.

4- As the Super Eagles attack, Sunday Oliseh is on the touchline signalling his players to spread out on the wings.

The corner headed out of target. Goal-kick to Swaziland. Now a throw-in to Nigeria

2- Nigeria attack and wins a corner

1- Kick off by Nigeria

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2 Comments

  1. This is what the NFF under Picnic Amaju has turned our football to, struggling to beat Swaziland. The team has no coach to start with. The new minister of sports must step to call this ruderless cabal at the NFF to order before they destroy the super eagle completely.  

  2. Reply Post By francois

    As a people, we should learn to appreciate what we have. We won and progressed to the next stage right? Be thankful for that as the boys will only get better with more games. Ghana played a scoreless draw with Comoros away and won only 2 nil at home. At least we know swaziland as a country but I tell you this is the first time I am hearing Comoros as an African country. Then we would have asked NFF to sack Olise if we were in Ghana’s shoes

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