Sport: Algeria vs Nigeria (Draw)
Though it is a dead-rubber game, the Super Eagles are keen to end their World Cup qualifying campaign against Algeria in style on Friday night.
The Super Eagles with 13 points from five games have already taken the sole World Cup ticket up for grabs in Group B; hence the game against the Desert Foxes is with little or no premium.
That said, the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and the team captain, John Obi Mikel, have both stated that they are keen to avoid defeat in this qualifying series.
Due to injuries and the likes, a somewhat different Super Eagles outlook is expected tonight with some getting their first competitive cap for the Nigeria national team.
PREMIUM TIMES already understands that Israel-based Anthony Nwakaeme will lead the Eagles attack against the Les Fennecs of Algeria in the last FIFA World Cup qualifier on Fridaynight.
Stay with us for Live Updates from Constantine.
Kick off is 8.30 p.m.
KICK OFF!!! Algeria gets the game underway
Bright start by Algeria Islam Silmani with a glancing header
Super Eagles respond as Iwobi and Iheanacho initiates attack for Nigeria
Mahrez takes free kick and ball easily claimed by Ezenwa
Ola Aina checkmating Mahrez on the left side of defence
OFFSIDE: Slimani very eager to break the deadlock
FREE KICK: Shehu Adulahi wins a kick for Nigeria
Debutant Nwakaeme wins a free kick and Iheanacho ready to take it
Good in-swinger from Iheanacho but Ekong and Nwakaeme unable to connect
Leon Balogun the captain not having the best of games at the moment
Twenty minutes gone… Still 0-0 in Constantine
John Ogu makes a clumsy challenge and lucky not to incur the wrath of the referee.
In the reverse game played in Uyo .. Victor Moses scored the opening goal in the 25th … It ended 3-1 in favour of the Super Eagles
Algeria Captain Brahimi pushes Abudulahi to the ground.
Nigeria have more possession (56%) than Algeria at the moment.
Algeria planning early substitution.
Algeria sub: Nessakh in for Ayoub
CHANCE… Algeria knocking on the Eagles defense persistently.
Ola Aina dispossess Mahrez as he tries a counterattack against Nigeria.
YELLOW CARD: John ogu gets the first booking tonight
The last time Nigeria played Algeria at their home ground was 4 Sept 2005: Algeria 2 Nigeria 5 – Oran (World Cup Qualifier)
Five Minutes added time
HALF TIME: Algeria 0-0 Nigeria
SECOND HALF… Kickoff by Super Eagles.
Iheanacho flagged offside as Eagles start second half brightly
CHANCE: Iwobi fails to cross the ball well in the box
Nice block by Ekong as Algeria make an attempt at goal
Algeria captain Brahimi goes down in Nigeria’s box but no penalty given
Slimani tries a quick flick but blocked by Balogun and Alegria win a corner kick
Ola Aina probing forward
CHANCE: Nice piece of skill from Iwobi but his shot goes straight into the hands of the Alegria goalkeeper
Another Yellow card, this time to Algeria, Islam Slimani gets booked!!
Ezenwa makes a save off a curling free kick by Brahimi… the keeper injures himself and now being attended to.
GOAL!!!!!! John Ogu puts Nigeria in front.
BIG Miss by Algeria… Slimani the latest culprit.
Algeria making serious appeals for penalty kicks but the referee has been firm so far
Not particularly a dream debut for Anthony Nwakaeme who has been removed for another debutant in Henry Onyekuru
Algeria Sub: Bahgad in for Benacer
Algeria captain Brahimi get a yellow card after an attempted head but on Nigeria’s Shehu Abdullahi.
Substituion.. Ahmed Musa comes in for Iwobi
CHANCE: Curing freekick by Iheanacho parried by the goalkeeper
Henry Onyekuru makes a good attempt at goal
PENALTY …. Algeria with a chance to save face
GOAL!!!! … Brahimi scores
SAVE .. Ezenwa makes an easy catch as Algeria look for a late winner.
FULL TIME: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria