Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Algeria draws with Nigeria in last World Cup qualifier


Nigeria ended its FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification on an unbeaten note, drawing 1-1 with Algeria on Friday night. The Eagles qualified with a 1-0 victory over Zambia in Uyo in October.

Having secured a place at the 2018 World Cup with a game to spare, Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has chose to give fringe players game time as he looks to fine-tune the team ahead of next year's Mundial in Russian Federation.

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As preparations ahead of the World Cup continues, the Eagles will play Argentina next in an worldwide friendly in Russian Federation on Tuesday, November 14. Wilfred Ndidi and Ogu were in defensive midfield while Kelechi Iheanacho, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi supported debutant Anthony Nwakaeme in the attack.

The Chelsea on-loan defender was impressive throughout the encounter against Algeria despite playing from the left-back position.

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Having already sealed their place in Russian Federation next summer, the Eagles played against the Fennecs without pressure and got ahead in the game after John Ogu scored with a superb curler after the break.

For Algeria, they included a number of stars such as Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi and Islam Slimani.

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The Eagles squandered a few scoring opportunities in the first half. Brahimi stepped up and converted the spot-kick to level matters. They however have a match in Senegal against Bafana Bafana on Tuesday.

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