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Football - WC Qualifiers: Nigeria record comeback victory in Cape Verde

Les Super Eagles du Nigeria
Nigeria pick three points in Cape Verde

Nigeria maintained their firm lead at the top of Group C in the African race to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after they came from behind to beat Cape Verde 2-1 in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying game.

Victor Osimhen's strike and Kenny Rocha Santos' own goal helped the Super Eagles to back-to-back wins as the captain Ahmed Musa celebrated his 100 th cap for the West African side on Tuesday.

Musa went into the encounter with hopes of making his memorable 100th appearance in styles while Malmo's Innocent Bonke and Bolgona's Kingsley Michael earned their starting debuts in the Super Eagles' colors.

Dylan Dos Santos for the Blue Sharks off to a flying start after he avoided an offside trap before firing past goalkeeper Maduka Okoye to hand the host the lead in the 19th minute.

Ryan Mendes came close for the home side with his brilliant shot in the 24th minute but his effort went off target before Chidera Ejuke linked up with Osimhen a few minutes later to test Cape Verde's Vozinha but the later managed to parry his long-range shot for a corner kick.

Five minutes later, the visitors finally found a breakthrough when Osimhen profited from a defensive mixup to level matter. CSKA Moscow striker Ejuke troubled the defence of the Blue Shark but goalkeeper Vozinha was at his best to parry his curling right shot from the edge of the box.

After the break, Gernot Rohr's men started the second half on a high and eventually got the lead in the 75th minute courtesy of an own goal by Cape Verde and held on to the narrow lead to secure the maximum points in Mindelo.

With the triumph, the Super Eagles have earned six points from two matches in the series, and will now shift their focus to the double-header clash against CAR in October.

 

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