Nigeria complete World Cup qualifiers 2-out-of-2 after  Santos long range own goal earns Green Eagles 2-1 victory from home

The Super Eagles were set for their second game in the qualifying series for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup after a fairly bright start against Liberia last Friday in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Gernot Rohr’s men beat the Lone Star 2-0 and lead the pack in Group C of the Africa World Cup qualifiers.

And they have added yet another victory in their second games after beating Cape Verde 2-1 in Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena on Tuesday.

The victory extends Nigeria’s lead on the table to 6 points above Liberia (3points) who defeated Central Africa Republic in the other fixture.

The Green Eagles knew avoidance of loss would maintain their lead while not on the compromise when Liberia had beaten Central Africa Republic yesterday to drew same points.

They kept that on mind but suffered early minute scary after Dylan Tavaras put Cape Verde ahead after 19’ minutes into start.

Tavares was played through on the left edge and kept composure to plant into the first posts as Maduka Okoye felt helpless.

Nigeria responded 10’ minutes later after Napoli forward Victor Osimhen slotting into empty from Peres mistake in front of his goalkeeper.

Nigeria piled the pressure but only grabbed the match winner from a huge Cape Verde mistake when Kennedy Rocha Santos intended back pass from a long range went straight into the empty net.


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