2018 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria – AS IT HAPPENED

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria – AS IT HAPPENED
Alex Iwobi of Nigeria (l) celebrates his goal with Kelechi Iheanacho during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 23:24

Algeria finish their qualifying campaign having failed to win a single match. Nigeria, who have qualified for the World Cup as Group B winners, finish the qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Lineups:

Algeria XI: Haouchi, Mandi, Cadamuro, Chafaï, Nessakh, Medjani, Ferhat, Bennacer, Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani.

Nigeria XI: Ezenwa, Abdullahi, Ola Aina, Balogun, Ekong, Etebo, J.Ogu, Ndidi, Nwakeme, Iwobi, Iheanacho.


Commentary:



FULL-TIME: Algeria 1-1 Nigeria.

90' - The fourth official has added four minutes.

88' - GOAL! Brahimi. Algeria 1-1 Nigeria. Brahimi coverts from the spot-kick.

85' - Algeria are awarded a penalty after Brahimi was fouled in the Nigeria box.

81' - Nigeria sub: Musa IN, Iwobi OUT.

80' - Nigeria are looking to contain Algeria in the closing stages of this encounter.

75' - Algeria sub: Boundjah IN, Bennacer OUT.

70' - Algeria are now applying some pressure on the Nigeria defence.

65' - CHANCE! Algeria striker Slimani misses the target from close range with Nigeria keeper Ezenwa well beaten.

62' - GOAL! Algeria 0-1 Nigeria. Ogu nets with a long range effort.

55' - Algeria keeper Chaouchi makes a good save to deny Nigeria forward Iwobi.

50' - Algeria attackers Slimani and Mahrez are both fouled in the middle of the park as the hosts look to break the deadlock.


46' - The second-half is underway.

45' - The fourth official has added one minute.

42' - CAUTION: Ogu is booked (Nigeria).

40' - Five minutes left before half-time and it is still 0-0 here in Constantine.

35' - Ferhat tries a through ball, but his Alegria team-mate Slimani is caught offside.

30' - Algeria sub: Abdellaoui IN, Nessakh OUT.

25' - Algeria and Nigeria have shown some initiative going forward, but the two goalkeepers are yet to be seriously tested.

20' - Ndidi pushes forward and he unleashes a shot which is blocked as we approach the half-hour mark.

15' - Algeria forward Mahrez bursts into the Nigeria box, but his Leicester City FC team-mate Ndidi stops him.

10' - Nigeria are dominating possession as they look to break the deadlock.
5' - Algeria winger Mahrez's free-kick is easily saved by Nigeria keeper Ezenwa.

1' - The match is underway.



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