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Nigeria and Italy draw friendly

Posted: 18 November 2013 Time: 23:40

Nigeria and Italy drew 2-2 in an international friendly played at Craven Cottage on Monday night.

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Contrary to earlier reports, Cesare Prandelli started the game with a full strength team, which featured the likes of Mario Balotelli, Angelo Ogbonna and Giuseppe Rossi.

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The latter gave the Azurri an early lead when he raced into a pass from Balotelli in the 7th minute, before chipping the ball over an advancing Austin Ejide, who manned the post in place of Vincent Enyeama.

Bright Dike however equalized for Nigeria in the 35th minute, after heading home a cross from Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi turned from provider to scorer four minutes later when he smashed in a left-wing cross from Heartland's fullback Benjamin Francis, to give Nigeria a half-time lead.

Emanuele Giaccherini equalized for Italy two minutes into the resumption of the second half, and Prandelli made some vital changes to his squad moments later as he brought on the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Marco Parolo and Diamanto.

The changes proved vital as the Italians dominated proceedings with Pirlo controlling the play and creating chances which Chirechi, Giancherini and Balotelli failed to utilize.

John Ogu however came close to restoring Nigeria's lead in the 74th minute but his rasping shot after a great run by Ahmed Musa was saved by Salvatore Sirigu.

Both sides continued to threaten with Italy getting the better chances which were wasted by Mario Balotelli, as Musa and Emmanuel Emenike also came close to scoring for Nigeria.

With neither side unable to add to their tally after regulation time, referee Martin Atkinson signalled for the end of the game.

ITALY: Sirigu - Maggio, Pasqual, Ogbonna, Ranocchia, Thiago Motta, Montolivo, Candreva, Giaccherini, Rossi, Balotelli

NIGERIA: Ejide - Kwambe, Oboabona, Egwuekwe, Francis, Onazi, Mikel, Oduamadi, Moses, Dike, Ameobi

Livefyre comments on this story...

Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 2013-11-18 23:10:57

Great game by the true African Champions.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."

Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 2013-11-18 23:13:03

Nice for Africa.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."

samiell
posted: 2013-11-18 23:33:10

Please where are our defaut S/A brother and sisters,I guess you guys gone mute aint it?,rubbish bad belle good for nothing fellows,we'll see what your boys d boys will play against The world champ soonest,booking a 0-5 goals thriller for you guys even before match kicks off,before you guys will smell the world stage again,I guess til Jesus comes.

bomboclat!!!!!!!!
posted: 2013-11-18 23:36:49

mxm dis criminals..dey r buzy trying life in our own dem country bt dey talk 2much...i jst wish xenophobia cn come bak

Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 2013-11-19 00:07:12

bomboclat!!!!!!!!

Hey! this is a football site. Limit your comments to football. By the way, Nigeria's impressive outing tonight is for all of Africa. Or are you from a different continent?

silezu
posted: 2013-11-19 02:01:34

eish baba..nigeria doing really well under keshi...i wish he'd coach mzansi after the world cup...he's done pretty well even without some big names like marthins, osaze and yobo.. well lets see what our boys will do against ze world champions nxa

hey66
posted: 2013-11-19 05:21:57

hey this game is call soccer not dancing, stop your boys from dancing and play till end of 90 minutes, this is  one of reason why you and your coach does not know the meaning of head to head ,



football brain
posted: 2013-11-19 05:59:09

lazio younger=Onazi....10 times beta than jali

Bucs my Life!!!
posted: 2013-11-19 06:02:37

football brain talking crap

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-11-19 06:21:00

wat a game this was,end to end stuff and very entertaining.This Nigeria team will go far in the WC according to wat i saw yestaday.I ma fully behind African teams at WC.

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-11-19 06:26:58

football brain eish,WTF?how does Jali fit in there u moron

Sthi
posted: 2013-11-19 07:08:42

football brain ur brain has got rash bro

Pastor D
posted: 2013-11-19 07:11:17

There used to be the day when we would run the likes of Germany, Brazil, France, England, Italy very close. Today we play against Swaziland. We have had to pay millions of Rands just to have the honor to play against Spain. Previously they used to ask to play against us.

Tbolaqwench
posted: 2013-11-19 07:24:00

Mriyo

sorry sir, FYI, Nigeria drew with Italy's 2nd team, the world cup is going to be nightmare for them, they only going to brazil to embaress African football. same as Cameroon

deleted_22198667_STANCOVIC
posted: 2013-11-19 07:37:37

what a game that was. you can be forgiven for mistakening it to a WCQ match

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-11-19 07:39:25

Tbolaqwench Mriyo It was Nigeria against Italy,is there any team called 2nd?Is Baloteli a fringe player?Clearly u dont watch Serie A baba wami.
Stop relying on SABC n E-TV baba,i can donate my old dstv decoder to u if u dont mind.

Ngwende
posted: 2013-11-19 08:11:03

Tbolaqwench Mriyo  IT IS A PITY TO SEE YOU WRITING HUMAN MANURE ABOUT NIGERIA, YOU ARE TOTALLY LOST IF YOU THINK NIGERIS IS A WEAK TEAM, ITALY KNOWS THAT NIGERIA IS VERY STRONG EVEN IN 1990s ITALY HAD TO STRUGGLE TO BEAT NIGERIA, ROBERTO BAGIO IS MY WITNESS. NIGERIA WILL GO FAR IN THIS WC & BE REMINDED THAT NIGERIA UNDER 17 RECENTLY WON THE WORLD CUP THIS TELLS YOU A STORY OF HOW GOOD THIS COUNTRY IS IN FOOTBALL.

Ngwende
posted: 2013-11-19 08:13:50

NIGERIA PLAYS TOTAL FOOTBALL & I FORESEE THEM GOING AS FAR AS SEMI FINALS, HEY THIS TEAM IS GOOD.

deleted_21904965_deleted_21904965_deleted_21904965
posted: 2013-11-19 08:15:27

Tbolaqwench FYI idiot Nigeria rested 8 first team players that started against Ethiopia. Idiots like you embarass and make me angry when they open their stinking filthy mouth without thinking or getting the facts right. Did you watch Nigeria v/s Ethiopia??? No but you come here and display your stupidity. 


Nigeria is the real deal and will embarass at lot of teams in Brazil. What happened to your Bafana Bafana against Nigeria??? They were embarrassed in their own backyard running around like little girls blouse!!!

deleted_21904965_deleted_21904965_deleted_21904965
posted: 2013-11-19 08:29:50

bomboclat!!!!!!!! You are an idiot with nothing between your ears. Your ANc criminals are the one stealing your money for the RDP house you applied 10yrs ago. Stop talking bull and write properly. They are entitled to talk too much bcos they play better than yopur Bufoon Bufoon. They are going to the world cup while you are sitting here with your stinking useless lazy brain.

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