The Nest of Champions in Uyo will be bubbling tonight as the Super Eagles’ B team made largely of Nigeria Professional Football League stars will be up against newly-crowned Europa League champions, Atletico Madrid.
With top stars like Fernando Torres, Joan Oblak and Juafran all in town, the NPFL stars are ready to show they could ruffle feathers against the La Liga players also.
Those who thought this would be a much weakened Atletico de Madrid side are mistaken, as it is a very strong looking lineup going up against the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria with a sprinkle of foreign-based pros.
Already, Super Eagles’ B Coach Salisu Yusuf has named the Nwakali brothers, Chidiebere and Kelechi, in the starting lineup for tonight’s friendly against the UEFA Europa League winners.
Tagged the Gotv Max Cup, the action begins at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium by 6.pm
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Eagles ‘B’ starting XI vs Atletico Madrid
Femi Thomas – Musa Muhammed, Ebube Duru, Chinedu Ajanah, Olamilekan Adeleye – Ibrahim Alhassan ‘Muazzam’, Kelechi Nwakali, Chidiebre Nwakali, Dayo Ojo – Emem Eduok, Samad Kadiri
Game underway in Uyo
Chance: Emem Uduok misses a great chance to give Nigeria an early lead
Super Eagles get the first corner
The Nwakali brothers and indeed the Eagles are doing quite well in this game
Super Eagles’ Samad Kadiri flagged offside
Femi Thomas makes a good save after the Nigerian defenders were caught napping
Emem Eduok fluffs a good chance .. a pass to his waiting teammates may have been better
First yellow card to Atletico’s Fransico Montero
CHANCE!! Chinedu Ajana gets a free header but off target
Free kick for Nigeria as Musa Mohammed is brought down
GOALLLLL Kelechi Nwakali gives Nigeria the lead
GOALLLL……..Quick response from Atletico Angel Corea makes it 1-1
Samad Kadiri flings a cross but the connecting header goes off the post
Ajana collides with an Atletico player.. the Katsina United defender back on his feet
Femi Thomas rushes out to make a crucial save…
First substitution… Ibrahim Alhassan goes out for Destiny Ashadi
Shock miss by the new entrant Destiny Ashadi after getting a good pass from Samad
HALFTIME Super Eagles 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Second half resumes and Fernando Torres has been brought in
EL-Nino Torres shoots from far but Femi Thomas makes a save
Poor sportsmanship from Partey (Atletico) bundles Dayo Ojo to the floor and hits him with the ball
Super Eagles trying to wriggle their way through the Atletico Madrid defence but not working out for now
Substitution for Nigeria Emem Udok goes out for Tosin Omoyele
SAVE: Femi Thomas stops Atletico’s attempt for a second goal
Correa gets a yellow card.. the second for Atletico in this game
GOAL… Torress puts Atletico Madrid in front…El Nino nods in the ball
Eagles coach Genort Rohr watching on from the stands
More players coming for Atletico… Gabi and Aguero thrown in for action
GOALLL Super Eagles level
USMAN with a sweet goal!!!
GOAL…Graces smash in the ball to restore Atletico Madrid’s lead
FINALLY Partey Thomas gets a yellow card for his continuous rough play
Three Minutes added time
Full Time: Super Eagles 2-3 Atletico Madrid
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