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Minute By Minute: USA Vs Nigeria

Minute By Minute: USA Vs Nigeria

1-USA kicks off
3-USA stat: Never won a pre-World Cup friendly
4-Ameobi misses golden chance, slides shot wide; USA too misses a chance to go in front from a counter by Bedoya
12-Ramon Azeez tries to go on a mazy run, but move thwarted, Nigerian throw-in
13-USA’s Michael Bradley scuffs the ball and a chance at goal. Goal-kick for Nigeria.
14-Moses from the resultant ball released wins a corner, another corner comes in quick succession but Ref Mark Clattenburg flags a foul against Odemwingie
15- Odemwingie forces a save from Tim Howard who spills the ball but gathers it on second attempt
18 mins – Moses loses the ball in midfield which causes panic in Nigeria’s goal area
20 mins – Odemwingie fires a long range shot directed to nowhere
22- Enyeama saves a fierce shot from Michael Bradley after good interchange of passes by the Yanks. Soon afterwards, another effort from USA goes wide
23-Injury scare for the Super Eagles as Efe Ambrose goes down clutching his waist, attended to by the medics
28- USA goal. Super Eagles’ defence caught sleeping as Jozy Altidore sneaks behind it to slot in USA’s goal. 1-0.
30- Ramon Azeez’s free kick misses everybody. Poor delivery
40- Ogenyi Onazi releases another of his rocket shots but ball goes straight to Howard
42-Azeez forces Bekerman to concede a corner. Another follows immediately but Howard saves
45- 1 minute added. Clint Dempsey tries an ambitious effort from 35 yards
HT USA 1 – 0 Nigeria
45- The 2nd half starts with Babatunde Michael and Gabriel Rueben in while Mikel Obi and Osaze Odemwingie are rested
Moses’ free kick leads to Ameobi’s header but USA breaks on a corner soon afterwards
53- Moses’ dribbles yields no dividends, loses the ball for USA goal kick
59- Babatunde Michael concedes a free kick
68- Emmanuel Emenike introduced in place of Shola Ameobi
70- Enyeama produces a world class save to deny Dempsey
72- Jozy Altidore dribbles past Joseph Yobo to fire past a hapless Vincent Enyeama for USA’s second goal. 2-0.
77- Azeez goes down with what is suspected to be an ankle injury
79- Markus Beaseley out for Chandler.
Gabriel Rueben contrives to lose the ball comically in the middle of the pack leading to a USA counter attack.
Moses wins a penalty after a promising pass from Emenike. Moses scores from the spot, sending Howard the wrong place. 2-1.
Gabriel Rueben loses the ball AGAIN rather embarrassingly
Emenike’s attempted swivel shot skied wide high.
45-(3rd added minute)Moses’ free kick meets Efe Ambrose but he miscues a nice chance to level up the score. It ends USA 2, Nigeria 1.

The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to USA on Saturday in their last friendly game before the World Cup. How do you rate the performance of Stephen Keshi’s team? Do you think the Eagles can make an impact in Brazil?

COMMENTS

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  • Nija needs a very good team work to advance thru the group stage. Where r the strikers??

  • Segun 4 years ago

    I think the eagles can’t be ruled out yet. The concerns is that there are many great teams out there and we are having a lot of issues, injuries and need to try out many more players. I see some hope and that is because the Keshi technical crew are a wonderful, they know how to get the best out of what we have. We do not have a Messi but we have a plan and this is better even for eagles because we have to now play to plans and not to be fooled by a hope in great players like it has happened to us before and we paid dearly for it and you can never tell what will happen to our opponents too. There is possibility that the eagles will catch up with pace and find the rythm needed to go far in the world cup somewhere mid way, provided we manage to get past the first stage. Yeah Argentina are relaxed and they play at approximately 75% of what is expected of a team that will go far to win the trophy, they have got tricks, flicks, chicks and pace. We need like a draw against them and a win over others. We only have to struggle in the first stage, there is no cruise anywhere, even there is no cruise for the other teams except for Argentina who just have to play their game. They are the team to beat in this first stage. But I see luck coming our way upon a good starting line up that i believe Keshi will definitely give and God will move us forward. After this stage we will enjoy the Eagles. I pray that God get Super eagles to the finals, God is an Eagle himself that is why the bible say, “He shall cover thee with his feather, Under his wings shall thou trust” God cannot fail

  • Phillip omotayo 4 years ago

    Dont right of eagles,our super eagle we perform.

  • With what we saw Nigeria played against USA , it will take luck to go far in Brazil 2014. For me the mid – field is a suspect. GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  • emmanuel otene 4 years ago

    The grace of God will go with him and qualify him

  • drumitor 4 years ago

    Pls Yobo should be benched cos he’s a flop. Keshi should make use of Kenneth and Oboabona. The team should have a team work and fighting spirit. Wish them luck

  • drumitor 4 years ago

    Pls Yobo should be benched cos he’s a flop. Keshi should make use of Kenneth and Oboabona. The team should have a team work and fighting spirit. All the best