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05/03/2014 1:00

Super Eagles draw with Mexico

Posted: 5 March 2014 Time: 22:15

Nigeria played out a 0-0 draw against Mexico as both teams kicked off their preparations for this summer's World Cup.

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Returning to the city of Nigeria's Olympic triumph in 1996, Stephen Keshi named what looked like his strongest line up with Michael Uchebo the lone debutant.

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And the memories seemed to fire up the Super Eagles as they swamped the Mexicans early on, and should have made that early dominance count.

Emmanuel Emenike muscled his way into the box but saw his near post effort beaten away by Ochoa. Ogenyi Onazi was then denied by the goalkeeper from long range before Victor Moses screwed an effort wide.

Having survived the early blitzkrieg, Mexico gradually took charge, and the Eagles would be picking out early presents for Enyeama, as he made stop after stop to thwart the Mexicans.

Starting off with an incredible one-handed save from a point blank Rafa Marquez header, he then proceeded to add a few more to establish himself firmly as between the posts.

As the half wound down, Ahmed Musa had a chance to shoot Nigeria in front, but could find no way last Ochoa despite slipping in behind the defence.

Keshi made three changes as the second half began, bring on Austin Ejide, Ramon Azeez and Leon Balogun.

Ejide carried on from where Enyeama stopped Balogun showed physical presence before going off injured after taking a heavy tumble and Azeez took a while to settle down.

But neither side could find a goal despite further chances in the second period, and it ended with a third draw in four games.

Nigeria XI v Mexico: Enyeama, Oboabona, Omeruo, Ambrose, Elderson; Onazi, Mikel; Moses, Musa, Uchebo; Emenike.

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