Wednesday May 28, 2014 Friendlies Finished Craven Cottage

Nigeria 2 - 2 Scotland

  • Uchebo 41’
  • Nwofor 90’
  • Mulgrew 10’
  • Egwuekwe 52’ (o.g.)

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  1. International friendlies - Late equaliser gives Nigeria draw against Scotland

    International friendlies - Late equaliser gives Nigeria draw against Scotland

    Nigeria began their World Cup preparations with a 2-2 draw with Scotland at Craven Cottage. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Nigeria
    • Scotland
    • 90' GOAL! Scotland 2-2 Nigeria. Scotland fail to clear the ball in the box, it comes to Nwofor at a tight angle in the box, and he rifles in a shot to equalise.
    • 87' A late challenge from Brown in midfield, and he earns himself a booking.
    • 86' Nigeria have a corner on the right wing, but Mulgrew heads away. The ball comes to Nwofor, who tries to head the ball on goal, but sends it just over.
    • 84' Anya is off, and on comes Whittaker.
    • 83' It's unlikely.
    • 82' Muglrew's cross is deflected to the back post, it comes to Anya, who has time to weigh up not just the volley, but all his worldly concerns, and is overwhelmed, slicing the volley well wide.
    • 80' Nigeria haven't lost a game since January. Which if they were in a domestic league might mean something.
    • 78' Anya chases down a ball on the left, and can't quite keep it in play, so Nigeria have a throw deep in their half.
    • 77' Robertson is off, and Forsyth is on in his place.
    • 75' Ambrose replaces Odunlani, who has been removed as a result of that injury.
    • 72' Odunalni is down receiving treatment. Let's hope it's nothing too serious.
    • 71' Moses takes a corner from the right wing but Scotland clear. This match is good fun, or whatever the opposite of good fun is.
    • 69' Scotland win a corner on the right wing after Martin's close range shot is offside. Scotland lose the ball with a daft offside.
    • 68' Oduamadi replaces Babatunde.
    • 67' Gabriel attempts a shot from miles out, but it's well over.
    • 65' Anya attempts to burst down the left wing, but he's been ruled offside.
    • 63' Boyd replaces Morrison.
    • 62' Moses replaces Uzoenyi, and Nwofor replaces Ameobi.
    • 59' McGregor picks up a poor cross at his near post from Uzoenyi.
    • 57' Babatunde's low shot from outside the box is well saved.
    • 55' Odemwingie is on now, coming on in place for Uchebo.
    • 54' Igiebor replaces Obi.
    • 52' GOAL! Nigeria 1-2 Scotland. Hutton gets in space behind the defence on the right wing, he fires in a low corner that comes off Egwueke, straining for the ball, and it rolls over the line.
    • 51' The corner is headed away and out for a throw.
    • 50' Anya cuts onto his right, into the box from the left wing, and his fierce shot at goal is headed behind for a corner.
    • 49' The ball runs to Ameobi on the edge of the box, and he strikes a firm shot at goal from the edge of the box, and McGregor beats it away with a smart stop.
    • 46' Martin replaces Naismith, and we're off for the second half.
    • 45+2' That's half time. See you in 15 minutes.
    • 45+1' Chance for Ameobi. Morrison slips, the ball is worked quickly to Ameobi, who takes one touch into the box and then sends his shot over.
    • 45' Brown concedes a corner on the left as Uzoenyi powers forward. It's curled in from the left, from Uzoenyi, but headed away. He gets another chance and this time McGregor claims.
    • 44' He's cheered up now.
    • 42' GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Nigeria. Uchebo scores. He receives the ball in space in midfield, turns towards goal, and takes a shot from outside the box, which is deflected, wrong-footing the keeper, and into the net.
    • 41' Ameobi receives the ball on the edge of the box, but he's quickly under pressure from a few defenders, panics, and toes the ball out of play.
    • 39' Naismith gets to a Maloney cross from the right wing, but his diving header is cleared. So close for Scotland to get a second.
    • 38' Egwueke gets to the back post to meet a corner, but he glances his shot well wide.
    • 35' Uzoenyi gives the ball to Ameobi, who shoots from the centre of the box, but his shot is saved and Scotland stay in front.
    • 34' Odunlami is down and receiving treatment, but it doesn't look serious and he'll be back up again soon, no doubt.
    • 32' A clever ball over the top and Anya puts a cross in for Naismith, but it's headed behind by Elderson, and Scotland have a corner on the left wing. Maloney takes, into a dangerous area. The keeper fails to get to it, and Naismith turns it in. The referee then claims it was a foul, but that's very harsh.
    • 30' This game appears to have died on the vine.
    • 28' Nigeria win a corner on the left wing, Babatunde will take, curling the ball away from goal. It's easily cleared, and then Uzoenyi puts a wild shot over the bar.
    • 26' Mulgrew hacks Babatunde down, and he'll be on a booking for his next challenge. The free kick is 30 yards out, well to the left, and it's terrible. Uzoenyi then comes onto his left just inside the box, and sends a shot well over the bar.
    • 25' This man is taking it badly.
    • 23' Ameobi curls a poor free kick well over.
    • 22' Mulgrew pulls back Elderson on the left hand side of the box, and Nigeria have a free kick 25 yards out, to the left of the D.
    • 20' Scotland break from right to left, but Anya's poor pass means the move breaks down. Nigeria come down the other end before Niegeria clear.
    • 19' Morrison plays a great flick round the corner for Brown, and he tries to roll a through ball in for Naismith, but it's overhit.
    • 18' Robertson sends in a low cross which is cleared by Yobo for a throw, and Scotland remain in Nigeria's half.
    • 17' This is how my Nigerian-American friend reacted to the Scotland goal.
    • 15' Yes, on the replay it was obviously deliberate.
    • 14' A corner for Nigeria on the right. Uzoenyi's corner is low and terrible, and easily cleared. Scotland say the goal was deliberate. Fair enough!
    • 13' Maloney's corner is headed away, but Scotland keep hold of the ball. Anya sends in a cross to the back post and Elderson heads behind. Another corner from Scotland, this time on the right. Maloney's outswinger is picked up by Nigeria, and they break forward.
    • 12' Anya's pace and trickery wins a corner on the left wing when his cross is turned behind.
    • 10' GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Nigeria. Mulgrew scores. A quick corner is played back to the edge of the box, Morrison slams in a low shot from distance, it bounces off the heels on Mulgrew and loops over the 'keeper.
    • 9' A Hutton cross from the right is turned behind by Odunlami for a corner.
    • 8' Uchebo intercepts a terrible pass from Hutton, but McGregor pulls off a good save to his left to save the team.
    • 7' Brown batters the ball at Uzoenyi as he failed to drop back from his free kick, and amusingly the Nigerian is down hurt after getting hit by the follow through. Text book.
    • 6' Maloney gives away a free kick in midfield, and Nigeria start to play the ball across the defence and bring it into midfield.
    • 5' Anya hits the post. He brings down a crossfield pass with a wonderful touch, and then his left-footed shot is deflected just wide of the post.
    • 4' The corner is better cleared by Morrison this time, and then Hutton hoofs it out.
    • 3' Elderson attacks down the left and Nigeria have a corner on the left wing. Uzoenyi's cross is cleared, it comes to Obi, but his shot from outside the box is deflected out for another corner.
    • 2' A dull start to the match, and a long ball finds its way to Ejide.
    • 1' Nigeria kick off, for the second match ever between the two sides.
    • 19:55 I'm going to predict a 4-0 win for Nigeria, on the strength that they have something to play for. Let me know what you think at @lxndrnthrtn.
    • 19:50 The match is being held in that most Scottish of venues, Craven Cottage. Fulham is of course famous for being an enclave of Scotland, oddly located in South West London. I'm afraid I don't know of a cultural link between Nigeria and Fulham, but I'm happy to be told.
    • 19:45 The big story here, of course, is that there are reports that this match has been subjected to attempts to fix the result. As the investigation has gone public, you would hope that even if something was planned, nobody would be stupid enough to then carry on that plan tonight.
    • 19:40 Gordon Strachan, for a usually funny man, has said quite a boring thing: "We have a couple of minor strains but that's not going to stop anyone from participating. I was really impressed with the intensity in training after a long, hard season and the players deserve acknowledgement for that. The lads have been full of enthusiasm. It's easy to coach with players like that."
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Nigeria: Ejide, Odunlami, Echiejile, Obi, Yobo, Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Uchebo, Shola Ameobi, Babatunde, Egwueke. Subs: Oshaniwa, Ambrose, Emuobo, Odemwingie, Moses, Oboabona, Igiebor, Agbim, Nwofor, Azeez, Oduamadi, Akpeyi. /// Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Robertson, Brown, Hanley, Greer, Morrison, Mulgrew, Naismith, Maloney, Anya. Subs: Marshall, Whittaker, Burke, Martin, Bannan, Berra, Griffiths, Boyd, Bryson, Gilks, McCormack, Pawlett, Reynolds, Forsyth.
    • 19:30 Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly between Nigeria and Scotland.
  • Summary

    • 90' GOAL! Scotland 2-2 Nigeria. Scotland fail to clear the ball in the box, it comes to Nwofor at a tight angle in the box, and he rifles in a shot to equalise.
    • 87' A late challenge from Brown in midfield, and he earns himself a booking.
    • 52' GOAL! Nigeria 1-2 Scotland. Hutton gets in space behind the defence on the right wing, he fires in a low corner that comes off Egwueke, straining for the ball, and it rolls over the line.
    • 49' The ball runs to Ameobi on the edge of the box, and he strikes a firm shot at goal from the edge of the box, and McGregor beats it away with a smart stop.
    • 45+1' Chance for Ameobi. Morrison slips, the ball is worked quickly to Ameobi, who takes one touch into the box and then sends his shot over.
    • 42' GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Nigeria. Uchebo scores. He receives the ball in space in midfield, turns towards goal, and takes a shot from outside the box, which is deflected, wrong-footing the keeper, and into the net.
    • 35' Uzoenyi gives the ball to Ameobi, who shoots from the centre of the box, but his shot is saved and Scotland stay in front.
    • 32' A clever ball over the top and Anya puts a cross in for Naismith, but it's headed behind by Elderson, and Scotland have a corner on the left wing. Maloney takes, into a dangerous area. The keeper fails to get to it, and Naismith turns it in. The referee then claims it was a foul, but that's very harsh.
    • 10' GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Nigeria. Mulgrew scores. A quick corner is played back to the edge of the box, Morrison slams in a low shot from distance, it bounces off the heels on Mulgrew and loops over the 'keeper.
    • 8' Uchebo intercepts a terrible pass from Hutton, but McGregor pulls off a good save to his left to save the team.
    • 5' Anya hits the post. He brings down a crossfield pass with a wonderful touch, and then his left-footed shot is deflected just wide of the post.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Nigeria: Ejide, Odunlami, Echiejile, Obi, Yobo, Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Uchebo, Shola Ameobi, Babatunde, Egwueke. Subs: Oshaniwa, Ambrose, Emuobo, Odemwingie, Moses, Oboabona, Igiebor, Agbim, Nwofor, Azeez, Oduamadi, Akpeyi. /// Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Robertson, Brown, Hanley, Greer, Morrison, Mulgrew, Naismith, Maloney, Anya. Subs: Marshall, Whittaker, Burke, Martin, Bannan, Berra, Griffiths, Boyd, Bryson, Gilks, McCormack, Pawlett, Reynolds, Forsyth.

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  • Nigeria

    Manager: Stephen Keshi

  • Scotland

    Manager: Gordon Strachan

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