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
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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