Full Analysis Of How The Powerful Super Eagles Bundled The Indomitable ‘Chickens’ Of Cameroun Out Of Russia 2018 World Cup 

By Post-Nigeria September 5, 2017 08:09

Full Analysis Of How The Powerful Super Eagles Bundled The Indomitable ‘Chickens’ Of Cameroun Out Of Russia 2018 World Cup 

The Super Eagles have eliminated the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon from the Russia 2018 World Cup race, after the two sides played a 1-1 draw in Yaoundé, on Monday.

Moses Simon scored for Nigeria in the 30th minute, but Captain Vincent Aboubakar, converted a 75th minute penalty to earn Cameroon a share of the spoil.

Having been thrashed 4-0 by the Super Eagles at the weekend, the stalemate provided at least some redemption for the Indomitable Lions, although their hopes of reaching the Russia 2018 finals are all but gone.

The result does mean that the Eagles will have to wait until their next match against Zambia on October 7, to confirm their place at the World Cup finals.

Both teams took their time in settling into the match, with Nigeria particularly happy to sit back and let their host make most of the running in the early minutes.

The Super Eagles gradually warmed to their task, and began to threaten from strong offset pieces.

On the half hour mark, in the wake of a dead-ball scenario, Victor Moses drove a low cross towards the goal post, that was only half-saved by Fabrice Ondoa, and Moses Simon arrived to sweep home the loose ball, and put Nigeria ahead.

Three minutes later, it was nearly 2-0, with Odion Ighalo turning his marker inside out, before firing a left-footed shot just over the target.

Cameroon started strong in the second half, but struggled to find a way past Nigeria’s resilient defence, led by the centre-back pairing of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong.

Just past the hour mark, Coach Hugo Broos made a double change, by introducing Christian Bassogog and Aboubakar, to boost his attack, while Nigeria responded by sending on Mikel Agu for the tiring Mikel Obi.

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Midway through the second half, Moses almost doubled the visitors’ advantage, as he showed great skill and composure to open up the shooting space in the box, only to see his effort skim the crossbar.

Cameroon drew level with 15 minutes of regulation time to play, as Aboubakar converted a debatable penalty, which had been given away in a collision between goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and Arnaud Djoum.

Ezenwa was in major action again in the 84th minute, as he superbly parried a snap shot from Aboubakar, before getting up to make a brave stop at the feet of Collins Fai.

 

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