Nigeria v Serbia (LIVE UPDATES): Eagles to keep up their confidence

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Nigerian Super Eagles used to illustrate the story.

Friendly matches are not primarily for results but bad losses could bring about a loss of confidence – something Gernot Rohr will not want when his team confronts Serbia on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles are currently building up a persona of being hard to beat. The manager would love that to continue whatever the performance of the team, just as they showed against Poland.

Joel Obi gets a chance to play as the midfield orchestrator in the absence of team captain, Mikel Obi. He showed his fight against Poland, now Rohr wants to see his skill set in passing and positional play.

Ahmed Musa is at best a substitute in this team, playing well as a substitute No.9 will give the manager options and the CSKA man a certified place on the plane to Russia.

Nigeria Starting XI: Uzoho; Ebuehi, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Idowu; Onazi, Ndidi, Joel Obi; Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates from The Hive. Kick off is 8:00 p.m.


Chidozie Awaziem of Ligue 1 side, Nantes will win his fourth cap as he replaces Leon Balogun who failed a late fitness test.


Serbia’s starting XI: Stojkovic, Rukavina, Ivanovic, Nastasic, Kolarov, Milivojevic, Matic, Tadic, Ljajic, Kostic, Mitrovic


Kick off at the Hive Stadium in London


Two successive free kick for Serbia


Fast catch by Francis Uzoho


Tryone Ebuehi plays the ball out of play to give Serbia gurst5 corner kick


First corner kick I meant


Shot on target for Serbia.. but Uzoho makes a save


CHANCE!! Moses with a low drive and the Serbia keeper pushes away for a corner kick to Nigeria


Serbia piling the pressure on Nigeria with another corner kick


Chance!! UZOHO scrambles to pick the ball just on The Line Serbia feel it’s a goal


Nigeria was in similar situation against Poland


Troost Ekong makes a clearance as the Super Eagles’ weakness from set pieces exposed again


Victor Moses disposed of the ball as he tries a run from the left flank


Uzoho with another save for Nigeria


Iwobi tries a shot from outside but it goes off target


Moses wins a free kick for Nigeria in a dangerous position


The Chelsea man takes it himself but straight into the wall


Nigerian fans hoping for a ‘miracle’ as we approach half time.. They are signing “He is a miracle working God”


HALFTIME Nigeria 0-0 Serbia


We are back for the second half and Serbia get the game underway… Odion Ighalo comes in for Victor Moses


Costly mistake by Ebuehi almost costs Nigeria a goal but danger averted


Uzoho comes of his line to make another save for the Super Eagles


Ighalo get a good pass in the Serbia box but he has been ruled offside before he takes a shot


Coach Gernot Rohr up on his feet.. guess he would be making some substitutions soon


Ivanovic left free to aim at goal from the Nigeria but his tame effort saved by Uzoho


Serbia make their first change Matic comes off for Grujic


GOAL!! Mitrovic gives Serbia the lead


Last time out at this venue, Super Eagles came from a goal down to play 1-1 with Senegal


Double substitution… John Ogu and Moses Simon come in rescue Nigeria from defeat


GOAL: Mitrovic doubles the lead for Serbia


John Ogu involved in an altercation with Talic


Ola Aina and Mikel Agu comes in for Brian Idowu and Wilfred Ndidi respectively


More changes as Serbia pull off Kostic for Gacinovic while Junior Ajayi has also come on for the Super Eagles


FULL-TIME: Nigeria 0-2 Serbia








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