NPFL All-Stars gallant losers to Atletico Madrid

NPFL All-Stars gallant losers to Atletico Madrid

by Samm Audu

Saturday Aug 13, 2016. 20:40

NPFL All-Stars put up their best showing on a playing tour of Spain even though they fell 2-1 to last season's UEFA Champions League beaten finalists Atletico Madrid tonight.

The Nigeria league selected side played with less inhibition and their equaliser by Abdulrahman Bashir was top-class.

The NPFL All-Stars thus lost all three matches on their visit to Spain, 1-0 to Valencia and 4-1 to Malaga.

They finished bottom of the invitational Trofeo Carranza Tournament.

Again, Enugu Rangers pair of Obinna Nwobodo and Chisom Egbuchulam did enough to get noticed and in the second half, central defender Jamiu Alimi was solid at the back along of course with goalkeeper Ezenwa.

After creating numerous chances and dominating play, Atletico deservedly went in front through Nicolas Gaitan in the 33rd minute, when he capitalized on a defensive slip by Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and the impressive goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa could not keep out the eventual fierce shot.

Substitute Bashir will draw the Nigerians level four minutes from time, when he used his body strength to keep off his marker before rifling home beyond the Atletico goalkeeper with a sweetly struck left-footed shot.

But just when it looked like the winners will be decided via a penalty shootout, Gordin was allowed a free header off a corner in the 89th minute for the match winner.

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