Full Time: Casemiro rescues draw for Brazil in Nigeria friendly
Casemiro scored to cancel out Joe Aribo’s first half for Nigeria in a friendly in Singapore that saw Neymar leaving the game as a result of injury 12 minutes into the game.
Alves put a good cross into the box and Marquinhos was in the middle to turn it on goal, but his header rebounded off the crossbar and Casemiro reacted quickest in the box to send it over the line and get his team level with Nigeria.
Brazil came from behind to earn a 1-1 with Nigeria. Although Brazil dominated for much of the game, it was Nigeria that took the lead in the first half when Aribo got the opener following a quick break, with the midfielder poking his shot past Ederson and into the bottom corner.
It took Brazil just three minutes after the break to get level through Casemiro’s header. The midfielder then hit the crossbar with another header later on in the game, but Brazil just couldn’t find a winning goal.
Aribo, donning the number 10 jersey for the Super Eagles opened the scoring, firing Nigeria past Brazil by one goal at half time.
Aribo’s first touch looked to have taken the ball away from him but the Brazilian defenders didn’t react quick enough.
He reached the ball before Silva and brilliantly poked it past Ederson and into the bottom left corner to put Nigeria ahead of Brazil.
Simon did well to get on the end of Osimhen’s hopeful cross into the box and then spot Aribo’s run from midfield into the box to set up the goal.
The Super Eagles looked dangerous every time they went on the counter-attack and Brazil was not able to cope with their pace at times.
As for Brazil, Tite did lose Neymar early on to injury, but his side did not lack in creativity.
The 27-year-old lasted just 12 minutes of the friendly clash with the Super Eagles and was seen icing his thigh after being replaced.
So, Brazil still haven’t got a win since their Copa America success, and they will be hoping that they can change that as soon as they can.
As for Nigeria, their focus now turns to the second leg of their African Nations Championship against Togo as they need a big win to turn around the tie after losing 4-1 last month.