Nigeria Vs Tunisia: Honours Even in The Battle of The Eagles

Nigeria vs Tunisia
Nigeria vs Tunisia matchday

Kelechi Iheanacho ended his national team goal drought to earn Nigeria 1-1 result against Tunisia at the Jacques Lemans Arena in An Der Glan, Austria.

Gernot Rohr made four changes to the starting eleven that lost one nil to Algeria on Friday with Kevin Akpoguma earning a start alongside Captain, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Nigeria 11 vs Tunisia
Nigeria 11 vs Tunisia

Nigeria started strongly and should have had a comfortable lead but a moment of poor defending leaves the game all square as at half time.

The Gernot Rohr tutored side got going slightly against the run of play.

Captain, Ahmed Musa on his 93rd cap for the team sent a quality flick to Iheanacho who turned his marker before slotting home for Nigeria go in front in the 21st minute.

Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates
Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates with a fist bump pointed skywards in solidarity with the #EndSars protest back home in Nigeria

The goal was Iheanacho’s first for the super eagles since 2017.

Missed Brace.

Eight minutes later Nigeria got a chance to go 2 goals up after Tunisia goalkeeper Ben Mustapha Farouk halted Ahmed musa with a clumsy foul.

Alex Iwobi threaded a measured cross to Musa who was felled and the Referee had no hesitation to point to the spot.

Ben Mustapha redeemed himself saving Kelechi Iheanacho’s poor penalty.

The Tunisians are level.

The save gave the Tunisians the needed boost to mount a comeback.

Drajer Mohammed ran towards a cut back from the left flank to send the ball to the roof of the net for the Carthage Eagles.

Cyril Dessers
New Super Eagles Striker Cyril Dessers.

The second half didn’t produce much in terms of goal scoring opportunities except for flashes of brilliance from Chidera Ejuke.

Also, Cyriel Dessers made his long awaited debut coming in for captain, Musa.

Nigeria will later regroup in November for the AFCON 2021 qualifier double header against Sierra Leone.

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