NIG 1-1 DRC: DR Congo Leopards forces Super Eagles to draw in friendly game ahead of Russia 2018
The Leopards of DR Congo on Monday forced Nigeria’s Super Eagles to a draw in an international friendly match at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, in Port Hacourt, River State.
Congo DR scored a second half penalty to hold the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a 1-1 draw .
Nigeria started the game the better side with Simy Nwankwo shaving the bar with a left footed effort after evading his marker with a slick move inside the box of the Congolese.
Francis Odinaka Uzoho in goal for Nigeria was forced into a save with his foot. A save which the young Deportivo La Coruna shot stopper had to adjust with his body to make as the ball was drifting away from him.
NPFL top scorer, Junior Lokosa drew a foul with a sleek touch which helped him evade his marker and from the resultant freekick taken by Ogenyi Onazi, Kelechi Iheanacho took advantage of a misunderstanding in the backline of Congo DR to set up William Troost-Ekong for the only goal of the half.
A raft of second half substitutions helped Nigeria regained the lead in terms of possession but the closet they came to scoring was when Etebo tried to lob the Congo DR defender after he was caught off his line trying to clear a ball.
Ola Aina was harshly judged to have fouled his man inside the box with replays showing that the contact was outside the box but the referee pointed to the spot and Congo DR levelled from the resultant spot kick.
Tried as they could Nigeria failed to regain the lead and the game which is the farewell game for the Nigerian team ended 1-1 despite five minutes of time added on after regulation time.