Tuesday Mar 27, 2018. 23:06
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the FIFA international friendly match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Eagles of Serbia at The Hive Stadium in London, England.
NIGERIA: Uzoho, Ebuehi, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Idowu, Onazi, Ndidi, Joel Obi, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa.
SERBIA: Stojkovic, Rukavina, Ivanovic, Nastasic, Kolarov, Milivojevic, Matic, Tadic, Ljajic, Kostic, Mitrovic
This will be second meeting between Nigeria and Serbia with the two teams havng met in May 1998.
Serbia (formerly known as Yugoslavia) thrashed Nigeria 3-0 in a friendly match in Belgrade.
1' - The match is underway.
5' - Serbia threaten first as Ljajic forces Nigeria goalkeeper Uzoh into a save from a free-kick.
10' - CHANCE: Mitrovic leashes a shot on the turn which bounces right in front of Uzoho, who spills and Ekong clears as Serbia's Eagles press for an early goal.
13' - Nigeria launch an attack and Moses pulls the trigger from edge of the box, but his effort is parried by Serbia keeper Stojkovic for a corner.
15' - WOODWORK! Nigeria midfielder Obi prevents Serbia striker Mitrovic from scoring as the ball deflects onto the top of the cross bar.
16' - CLOSE! Uzoho makes a crucial save as he reacts quickly to stop the ball from crossing the goal-line.
20' - Nigeria have been under pressure thus far with Mitrovic looking lively for the Eagles.
25' - The Super Eagles attacker Iwobi unleashes a good shot, but the referee spots an infringement in favour of the Eagles as the Africans search for the opening goal.
27' - Uzoho makes another fine save to deny Serbia attacker Tadic as we approach the half-hour mark.
30' - It is still 0-0 as we reach the half-hour mark.
35' - Moses wins a free-kick in a promising area and Nigeria attacker steps up, and fires straight at the Serbia wall.
40' - Both teams are pushing for the opening goal as we approach the half-time break.
43' - CLOSE! Kostic hits the side-netting as Serbia look to break the deadlock.
HALF-TIME: Nigeria 0-0 Serbia.
46' - The second-half is underway.
46' - Nigeria sub: Ighalo IN, Moses OUT.
50' - Kostic fires wide of the target as the Eagles look to punish the Super Eagles defence following a mistake by Ebuehi.
55' - Uzoho comes out quickly to deny Ljajic after a heavy first touch as the Serbians continue to press the opposition.
60' - It remains 0-0 here in London.
65' - Ighalo attemps an acrobatic kick, but the Nigeria striker misses the ball as the Super Eagles look to break the deadlock.
65' - Serbia sub: Grujic IN, Matic OUT.
67' - GOAL! Nigeria 0-1 Serbia. Mitrovic scores with a left-footed effort from inside the box.
70' - Ighalo turns and shoots, but his deflected shot is easily saved by Serbia keeper Stojkovic.
75' - The Eagles are still attacking as Kostic unleashes a left-footed shot which is easily saved by Uzoho.
77' - Nigeria subs: Simon & Ogu IN, Onazi & Obi OUT.
80' - Serbia sub: Zivkovic IN, Ljajic OUT.
80' - GOAL! Nigeria 0-1 Serbia. Kolarov sets up Mitrovic, who grabs his brace with a good finish.
85' - Time is running out for Nigeria as they push for late goals.
85' - Nigeria subs: Aina & Agu IN, Idowu & Ndidi OUT.
88' - Nigeria sub: Ajayi IN, Iwobi OUT.
91' - Serbia sub: Maksimovic IN,
92' - Serbia are looking to hold on to their two-goal lead in the closing stages of the game.
FULL-TIME: Nigeria 0-2 Serbia.