A
Victor Moses brace and one from Captain John Mikel Obi ensured a 3-1 win for Nigeria
over Algeria set Nigeria on course and in a Russia 2018 Qualifying match on Saturday.
With
that win Nigeria also go four points clear in the group that also has Cameroon
and Zambia.
It
was Victor Moses that opened scores in the 24th minute through an
individual effort and some luck too.

And with five minutes left to play in the first half, Mikel Obi received a pass
from Alex Iwobi and with the Algerian defenders thinking it was offside, Mikel
had the easiest of tap ins to put Nigeria 2-0 up at half time.
Attack minded Eagles
The
Super Eagles were the more attack minded side in the half with Victor Moses
having one of the earliest attempts at goal in the 6th minute of the
encounter as he intercepted a ball and made his way down to the eighteen yard
box, shook off his marker but shot narrowly wide.
The
next ten minutes had even exchanges from both side but with the Super Eagles
having two corner kicks in that period.
But
the Algerians got their first shot on target in the 15th minute when
Taiger shot from distance but a grateful Daniel Akpeyi in goal for Nigeria
clutched the ball.
Three
minutes later, Mikel Obi lost the ball in the midfield and an Algerian attack
led to a cross into the box that was punched clear by Akpeyi.
It
was end to end as the Eagles attacked again a minute later but Mikel Obi shot
wide.
The
quiet Algerians seemed to have woken up from their slumber as Brahimi who had
suddenly become a thorn in the Super Eagles’ flesh found space on the left and
crossed into the box before Akpeyi punched clear.
The Oghenekaro Etebo
show
Gernot
Rohr threw Oghenekaro Etebo into his starting eleven even though he had never
featured or be called up before under the German and he did not disappoint.
Etebo
covered almost every blade of grass on the pitch and was the hardest worker of
the lot.
Between
Oghenekaro Etebo, Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi, the Eagles’ midfield was lit.
The
control was sublime and the passes had near one hundred percent accuracy.
In
one of such moments in the 29th minute, Etebo won the ball in
midfield, moved a step forward and released the ball to Mikel who freed Victor
Moses on the far left, but Moses’ cross into the box could not be connected by
Iheanachor who went up with his head.
The Algerian fight
back
But
the Algerians were not done yet with their forays.
Bentaleeb
freed Brahimi on the left who crossed the ball into the box for Bentaleb but
Omeruo and Leon Balogun clattered into each other before sanity was retored.
Two
minutes later in the 35th Brahimi made a rush down the left and
crossed into the box for Bentaleeb who controlled well but shot wide in the six
yard box.
The
Algerians attacked again from the left but Taiger blasts wide in the box.
And
just before half time, between Bentaleeb and Taiger, Algeria almost pulled one
back as Ekong’s header went wrong but the ball was deflected for a corner.
In
the second half, Bentaleeb pulled one back, a stunner from distance after
MAhrez went on a mazy run before releasing the ball for his team mate.

With fifteen minutes left on the clock, the Algerians continued to pile the
pressure, this time it was Bentaleeb and Brahimi connecting in the box bot
Brahimi’s shot wide.
Victor
Moses, however, killed off whatever plans the Algerians had to get a result
when he took time to pick his spot as a loose ball fell to him in the six yard
box.
At
3-1, it was over for the Algerians and the Super Eagles can now dream again.

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