Victor Moses converted a
penalty for Nigeria in the 2
nd half to give the Super
Eagles a 1-0 win over Poland as preparations for the World Cup in
Russia got underway.
Moses,
top scorer for Nigeria in the qualifying campaign with three goals,
picked himself up from an infringement in the box to score.

Nigeria
started the brighter side, with chances for Odion Ighalo and Kelechi
Iheanacho as Alex Iwobi showed good footwork on the left. However,
Poland captain Robert Lewandowski had the first sight of goal but
could only rock Francis Uzoho’s upright after eight minutes.
A
couple of free –kicks by Moses caused stir in the home team’s
box, yet it was the hosts who came closest from the dead –ball
situation as Brian Idowu and Uzoho missed a flighted ball from the
right with 10 minutes to interval.
Kamil
Glik, Karol Linetty, Dawid Kownacki and Rafal Kurzawa all worked hard
for the Poles.
Five
minutes later, Ighalo showed remarkable stuff to get his head to the
ball in the box from Moses’ free –kick from the right, coming
very close as Lukasz Fabianski only scrambled with the ball narrowly
off target.
The
capacity crowd at the Stadion Miejski thought their Bialo-Czerwoni,
as Poland’s National Team is called, had taken the lead when Uzoho
was beaten from a free –kick with two minutes to recess, but Leon
Balogun kept his nerve to abort the ball’s determined flight into
the net. Uzoho then palmed away a free –kick by Lewandowski just
before referee Michael Oliver’s whistle.
On
resumption, the hosts became even more aggressive and hard on the
tackle than they were in the first period, but Uzoho, 19 –year old
former junior international winning only his second cap at senior
level, refused to be beaten by even Bayern Munich ace Lewandowski,
and Moses then converted after being clipped on his way to goal.
It
was not a game for the faint –hearted, but stand –in captain
William Ekong did a marvelous job on the night, thwarting, blocking
and initiating onslaughts, while returnee Joel Obi and Ndidi were
magnificent in midfield and refused to be brow –beaten.
Ighalo
worked hard and kept the opposition defenders busy, while Moses once
more advertised his ‘let’s go there’ spirit and substitutes
Ahmed Musa, John Ogu, Kenneth Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi and Tyronne Ebuehi
did not look out of place.
Nigeria
coped well without the absent captain Mikel John Obi and resilient
midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, who is nursing an injury.
Next
up for the Super Eagles is a clash with Serbia at The Hive, Canons
Park in London on Tuesday evening. The Nigeria contingent will fly
out to London on Saturday.

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