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Super Eagles battle Leone Stars

Super Eagles battle Leone Stars

All is now set for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone national teams at the new Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.

Technically, the Super Eagles are 180 minutes away from sealing their place at the next continental showpiece and Gernot Rohr’s team gives room for optimism.

While the Super Eagles have six points from their first two games in these series, the Leone Stars have only gotten one point from the same number of games.

So a win this evening and another on Tuesday will seal qualification for Nigeria.

Meanwhile, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the carnival-like atmosphere will be missing around the Eagles but with the star-studded team set to be paraded, the goals should not be missing.

Friday’s tie in Benin City will be the 14th meeting between Nigeria and Sierra Leone since the countries first clashed in 1961 in an international friendly match, which ended 4-2 in favour of the Nigerians.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for the Live Updates.

Kickoff is 5.00 p.m.

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Game underway at the sam Ogbemudia stadium

The Super Eagles are one goal ahead courtesy of a fine strike by Alex Iwobi

Free kick for Nigeria

Chukwueze takes it but straight into the hands of the goalkeeper

The Leone star attempt a move from the right flank but they have been checkmated

Another free kick for Nigeria with a foul on Joe Aribo

This arguably the first time the Super Eagles will be playing a competitive match of this magnitude without their vociferous fans cheering them on.

Ahmed Musa tries to drive through the Leone Stars’ defense. He has been checkmated swiftly

Coach Gernot Rohr on his feet, the one goal lead far from being enough to be satisfied with

Goal… Victor Osimhen makes it 2-0

Water break for both teams after that second goal from Osimhen

Action back on after the short break

it has been Nigeria all the way so far with 71% of the ball possession compared to Sierra Leone’s 29%

Goal…. Iwobi makes it 3-0

A lob fron outside the box by Iwobi makes it 3-0 for Nigeria 🇳🇬

Goal.. Chukwueze makes it 4-0

Nigeria VS Sierra Leone [PHOTO: @NGSuperEagles]

Chukwueze hits the roof of the net after taking on three Leone Stars defenders

Just 30 minutes played and its Nigeria 4-0 Sierra Leone.. Raining goals in Benin City

Yellow Card.. Umaru Bangura gets the first booking

Bagura who is the Sierra Leone captain is punished for a perceived deliberate hand ball

Chance.. Osimhen comes close to making it five for Nigeria

The Super Eagles not slowing down at all as they look to add more goals to their tally

Goal for Sierra Leone

No clean sheet for Okoye or Nigeria

Yellow card. Yet another foul on Chukwueze and Kevin Wright gets booked for the cynical foul

Four minutes added time

Corner kick for Sierra Leone as they try to finish this half on a high

Free kick for Sierra Leone as Etebo is adjudged to have committed a foul

Half Time.. Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone

The two teams are strolling back to the pitch as we get set for the second half

The Super Eagles get the game back underway

Free kick for Nigeria as Ahmed Musa is fouled by the Sierra Leone players

CHANCE! Osimhen come quite close to getting his second and Nigeria’s fifth goal there

Etebo wins a free kick for Nigeria off a foul from John Kamara

Zaidu whips in a low cross into the Sierra Leone box but the defenders make a frenetic clearance

Okoye rushes out to make a save as the Leone Stars are battling to reduce the deficit

Leon Balogun not looking comfortable after that late challenge on him

Rohr pulls of Balogun for Semi Ajayi

And Musa makes way for Kelechi Iheanacho

A sticky situation for Sierra Leone there but they wriggle their way out.. Still Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone

Game back on

Another change for Sierra Leone as Kaykay comes in for Dumbuya

Osimhen with another chance but no goal this time

GOAL… Alhaji Kamara makes it 4-2

Injury scare for Osimhen

The Napoli striker is to be stretched out

Appears to have injured his wrist.. Real concern here for Nigeria

Chidera Edjuke to come in for injured Osimhen Onuachu preferred as a replacement for Osimhen while Chidera Edjuke replaces Chukwueze

And another goal… Mustapha Bundu makes is 4-3 for Sierra Leone

4-4… Unbelievable!!!

Kamara with his second goal of the game!!

Sierra Leone even looking for the fifth goal

Corner kick for Nigeria

Free kick for Nigeria taken by Iheanacho but great save by the keeper

Four-minute added time

Chance for Nigeria but Onuachu fails to make the needed touch

Another free-kick and Iheancho to take it

Off the mark

FT: Nigeria 4-4 Siera Leone

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