The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde 2-1 in their World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday 7th September on Cape Verde soil.
Nigeria started their journey hoping to book a place in world most popular country football competition holding in 2022 in Qatar on a high note, ending the match with 2-0 win over Liberia last Friday in Lagos.
Gernot Rohr had the encounter with Cape Verde without most of his key players based in the United Kingdom who did not make the trip to Mindelo. Starting from his key defenders, midfielders and a few of his attackers except Victor, Oshimen, Ahmed Musa and Simon Moses.
Cape Verde pinched the visitors in the 20th minute through Dylan Tavares effort.
Later in the game, Napoli hit striker Victor Osimhen, leveled the scores for Super Eagles 1-1 the before halftime break.
The match became goal-dry in almost the entire second 45 minutes to end a draw, until Kenny Santos changed the direction of the ball past his goalkeeper, to give the West Africans and three-time African Champions all 3 points in the game.
The own goal came from a mistaken effort from Vozinha who made an error and Nigeria took the lead. The home side had a regrettable moment as Rocha passed back and a bobble and akward bounce beat the goal keeper and saw the ball float into the net.
In the 89 minutes of the game, The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde made an effort which almost brought them to level score through Dias header which went of the pist, far some inches wide as the home team almost created almost a comeback from that effort to make it 2-2. A very high ball pulled that was so close as Nigeria from the bench had a heart in mouth moment resulting from this effort.
Nigeria’s next match is a home game against the Central African Republic on October 9th for third leg while Cape Verde will be visiting Liberia for their third leg too.
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