The Super Eagles will be guests to Algeria in their final Group B FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday.
The game is an inconsequential one as the Super Eagles have already secured the sole ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Ahead of the game, Completesportsnigeria.com‘s JAMES AGBEREBI reviews how both countries have fared against each other in past encounters…
NIGERIA 2-2 ALGERIA (1973 All Africa Games: Group Stage)
Nigeria’s first ever game against Algeria was in the group stage of the 1973 All Africa Games football event in Lagos.
Both teams settled for a 2-2 draw but while Nigeria qualified from the group stage to the semi-finals, Algeria crashed out.
Nigeria went on to the final and won the gold medal beating Guinea 2-0.
ALGERIA 1-0 NIGERIA (1978 All Africa Games: Final)
The 1978 All Africa Games was hosted in Algiers with Algeria and Nigeria making it to the final of the football event.
The game was Algeria’s first ever win against Nigeria as they triumphed 1-0 to claim the gold medal.
Ali Benchiekh’s 33rd minute goal secured the win for the Algerians in front of 60,000 fans packed inside the Stade 5 Juillet.
But it was Nigeria that emerged victors thanks to an impressive 3-0 win to land their first continental title.
A brace from Segun Odegbami and another goal from the late Musa Lawal gave Nigeria the win.
In the first leg of the play-off in Lagos, Algeria stunned Nigeria 2-0 with goals from Lakhdar Belloumi (34th minute) and Djamel Zidane (44th minute).
Algeria advanced 4-1 on aggregate to progress.
Lakhdar Belloumi (ninth minute), current coach Rabah Madjer (84th minute) scored for Algeria, while Okey Isima (39th minute) got Nigeria’s goal.
Once again Algeria triumphed over Nigeria with a 2-1 win to reach the semi-finals.
Nigeria took the lead through Emmanuel Osigwe in the 40th but Okey Isima’s own goal on 44 minutes drew Algeria level.
And in the 65th minute, Salah Assad scored what proved to be the winner.
Also in the group together with Nigeria and Algeria were Ghana and Malawi.
After 90 minutes, both countries ended the tie goalless and progressed together to the semi-finals.
An own goal by Abdelrrazak Belgherbi gave Nigeria the lead in the 39th minute.
But with four minutes remaining, Rachid Maatar equalised for Algeria.
The new rule took effect at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.
And in the first leg play-off of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games qualifiers, Algeria pipped Nigeria 1-0.
Cherif Oudjani scored the only goal of the first leg in the 47th minute.
Ademola Adeshina (32nd minute) and Henry Nwosu (114th minute) got the goals from Nigeria that secured qualification to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
Current Algeria coach Rabah Madjer (36th, 58th minute), and Djamel Menad (69th, 72nd minute) both bagged a brace while Djamel Amani 88th minute scored one goal.
Emmanuel Okocha got Nigeria’s only goal with eight minutes remaining.
The hero for Algeria was Cherif Oudjani whose 38th minute strike won the game for the hosts.
In their second group game, Nigeria thrashed Algeria 4-1 to secure their first group stage win.
Abdelhafid Tasfaout gave Algeria a shock early lead before Rashidi Yekini (brace), Daniel Amokachi and Austin Okocha all scored to give Nigeria the win.
Finidi George gave Nigeria the lead on 19 minutes before Sidi Ahmed Zerrouki equalised on 71 minutes but the Super Eagles held on for the point they needed to qualify.
NIGERIA 1-0 ALGERIA ( 2002 AFCON: Group Stage)
In the 2002 AFCON held in Mali, Nigeria were with Algeria, hosts Mali and Liberia in the same group.
Nigeria’s first game was against Algeria which was won thanks to Julius Aghahowa’s 43rd minute goal.
While the Super Eagles went on to qualify for the quarter-finals, Algeria crashed out in the group stage.
NIGERIA 1-0 ALGERIA ( 2006 World Cup Qualifier: 1st Leg, Group Stage)
The qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup saw Nigeria and Algeria drawn in the same group with Zimbabwe, Angola, and Gabon.
Nigeria’s third game in the group was against Algeria in Abuja with the Super Eagles winning 1-0, the goal coming from Joseph Yobo on 84 minutes.
Nigeria needed an outright win to still be in contention to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
The Super Eagles thrashed Algeria 5-2 to secure their first ever win on Algerian soil but it was ultimately not enough to qualify.
Super Eagles won the game 1-0 following Obinna Nsofor’s goal in the 55th minute.
Nigeria and Algeria were drawn in a difficult qualifying group that had Cameroon and Zambia.
On match day two, Nigeria hosted Algeria in Uyo and won 3-1 to make it back-to-back wins in the group.
Victor Moses scored twice (25th, 91st minutes) and Mikel Obi (42nd minute) also got on the score sheet for the Super Eagles.
Algeria’s goal was scored by former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (67th minute).