Nigeria shares spoils with Algeria in final clash

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Algeria vs Nigeria World Cup Qualification Match Updates

Although Nigeria had qualified, the Super Eagles playing for pride and for Federation Internationale de Football Association points ahead of the World Cup group stage draw billed for December 1st took the game to the host.

The host however equalised through a spot kick in 87th minute.

Chelsea left-back, Ola Aina comes in for Ederson Echiejile in the only change to the regular back-four, while Oghenekaro Etebo and John Ogu take the place of Mikel and Onazi in the midfield three.

A heated second half that threatened to get out of control at times gave the crowd some cheer after a woeful opening 45 minutes in which Algeria did not have a shot on target.

However, Nigeria also boasted a threat of their own, with Iheanacho showing the kind of intelligent movement and risky change of pace in advanced areas that hasn’t been prevalent since he signed for Leicester City this summer.

Brahimi had the opportunity to break the deadlock on the hour mark but missed from two yards out, before Nigeria – perhaps spurred into life by their let off – stepped up a gear to take the lead when Ogu curled home a delightful volley past Fawzi Chaouchi.

“But like Oliver Twist, I want our darling Super Eagles to end the campaign unbeaten”.

Having secured a place at the 2018 World Cup with a game to spare, Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has chose to give fringe players game time as he looks to fine-tune the team ahead of next year’s Mundial in Russian Federation.

The group’s other teams Zambia, on seven points, and Cameroon, on six points, will meet in another dead rubber encounter in Ndola on Saturday.

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