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Eagles fight back to snatch late equaliser against Scotland

Eagles fight back to snatch late equaliser against Scotland
May 28
22:59 2014
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A last-gasp equaliser by substitute Uche Nwofor rescued a draw for Nigeria in their World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The match ended 2-2.

Charlie Mulgrew’s audacious flick and an own goal from Azubuike Egwuekwe had given Scotland a 2-1 lead over the Super Eagles, but Nwofor pounced after a mix-up in the Scotland defence and poked the ball past Allan McGregor to level matters.

Mulgrew’s effort after nine minutes gave Scotland the lead, as he put the ball past Austin Ejide following Shaun Maloney’s short corner, but Belgium-based striker Michael Uchebo equalised four minutes before the interval with a deflected shot.

Early in the second half, Egwuekwe handed Scotland the advantage, putting through his own net after a shot from James Morrison, but the Scots were unable to hang on.

Gordon Greer hit the ground in a challenge with Nwofor, who reacted quicker when the ball came back into the box to fire past McGregor from an acute angle.

The Super Eagles’ next pre-World Cup tune games is against Greece in Philadelphia Union Stadium, USA, next Tuesday.

Nigeria: Ejide, Yobo, Echiejile, Egwuekwe, Odunlami (Ambrose 75), Obi (Igiebor, 54), Uzoenyi (Moses 62), Gabriel, Babatunde (Oduamadi 66), Ameobi (Nwofor 61), Uchebo (Odemwingie 54). Subs not used: Agbim, Oshaniwa, Oboabona, Azeez, Akpeyi, Mikel, Onazi.

Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Greer, Hanley, Robertson (Forsyth 76), Brown, Morrison (Boyd 63), Mulgrew, Anya (Whittaker 84), Maloney, Naismith (Martin 46). Subs not used: Marshall, Burke, Bannan, Berra, Griffiths, Bryson, Gilks, McCormack, Pawlett, Reynolds.

 

 

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