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Balogun and Osimhen redeem Nigeria's image against Central African Republic

Super Eagles crash CAR

Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen were the heroes as Nigeria redeemed their international image with a 2-0 victory over Central African Republic in the return fixture of their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.

The Super Eagles suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat to the Central Africans in Lagos on Thursday and Gernot Rohr made changes to his starting XI, including captain Ahmed Musa for his 100th appearance for the West Africans.

The three-time African champions responded to the last minute shocker at home by scoring twice in the opening half at Japoma Stadium to cement their Group C top spot.

After several missed scoring opportunities in the opening half, Nigeria finally found the breakthrough in the 29th minute when defender Balogun fired home his first ever goal off a cross from Chidozie Awaziem.

The visitors maintained their dominance in the encounter when they doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time with another defender William Troost-Ekong providing the assist for Osimhen.

In the second half, the hosts who are playing their home games saw their biggest scoring chance of the tie in the 58th minute when Karl Namnganda came close with his shot flying across the face of goal after beating Troost-Ekong.

With the win, Nigeria increased their tally on the group standing to nine points from four games, five more than Liberia (6 points), who beat Cape Verde (4 points) 2-0 on Sunday and Central African Republic on four points.

Rohr's men will face Liberia for their next fixture on November 11 before concluding the group campaign against Cape Verde Islands, three days later.

 

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