All is now set for the high-profile friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Samba Boys of Brazil.
This is the first meeting at senior level between both continental powerhouses since the 2003 friendly played in Abuja to open the then newly-built National stadium.
Sunday’s contest billed for the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore, is coming 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semi-final at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA.
There has been no competitive tie between both countries’ senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia, and Sunday’s session will test the character of the Nigerian side who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players.
Brazil last Thursday were forced to a 1-1 draw by Africa’s highest-ranked team, Senegal.
Coach Gernot Rohr’s men will be hoping for a good outing against the Samba Boys.
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Kickoff is 1.00 p.m.
Nigeria Starting XI:
Uzoho; Awaziem, Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Collins; Aribo, Ndidi, Chukwueze, Iwobi, Simon; Osimhen
We are set for the game… National anthems of both teams rendered
Brazil get the game underway
Brazil putting Nigeria on the backfoot in the early exchanges
Firmino tries a shot, but it goes slightly off-target
Good shot by Osimhen… That was close
Collins with a hurriedly taken cross, Emerson with an easy catch for Brazil
Neymar leaves the pitch for Coutinho, the superstar appears injured
This is a very young Super Eagles side with an average age in the team of 24 years of age.
Iwobi tries a shot but effectively blocked by the Brazilians
The Super Eagles are pressing back now after an initial slow start
Uzoho makes a save as Gabriel Jesus tries to head in the ball
Thirty minutes gone Brazil 0-0 Nigeria
Another save .. Firminho with a shot from close range but Uzoho makes another save
Water break for both teams
GOALLLL!! Aribo gives Nigeria the lead
Ndidi fires from long range but Ederson gathers well. The Super Eagles buoyed with their goal now.
Gabriel Jesus goes close for Brazil but forces a corner as Tite’s men look to claw a way back here.
Free kick as Moses Simon brings down Casemerio
Coutinho with the free-kick but it is off-target
Osimhen looks the business for Nigeria today. Always busy and causing problems for the Brazil rear-guard. No surprise he’s the current top scorer in France.
Half Time Brazil 0-1 Nigeria
We are back for the second half
The Super Eagles get the game back underway
Goal… Casemerio gives Brazil the equaliser
The Real Madrid star scores off a rebound… His third goal in seven games
Ndidi makes a desperate clearance as the Brazilians are looking to get another goal
Great save by Uzoho again.. Quick reaction by the keeper to deny Gabriel Jesus
New entrant Richarlison already causing the Super Eagles defense headaches
Another corner kick for Brazil who are gradually imposing themselves in this game
CHANCE! Casemerio almost gets another goal but his header rattles the crossbar
Uzoho appears injured after an awkward landing
Firmino out for Gabriel B
Uzoho stretched out as Maduka Okoye is given a debut with Nigeria
Another water break for both teams as it is quite humid here
Awaziem makes a block as Ricardlison comes close again for Brazil
Onuachu comes in for Victor Osimhen
Bonaventure comes in for Moses Simon
Ramon Azeez comes in for the tired Alex Iwobi
Semi Ajayi makes a crucial block as Coutinho comes close to scoring for Brazil
Chukwueze fires from close range but Emerson makes a point-blank save
Ndidi gets a yellow card
Peter Olayinka in for Samuel Chukwueze
Five minutes added time
Aribo brought down by Thiago Silva
Full-time Brazil 1-1 Nigeria