Mitrovic fires Serbia past Nigeria

Mitrovic fires Serbia past Nigeria
Nigeria's William Ekong

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Mar 27, 2018. 23:16

Serbia overcame Nigeria 2-0 in an international friendly match at The Hive Stadium in London, England on Tuesday night.

The Eagles dominated the match from the start and Francis Uzoho was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Uzoho denied Adem Ljajic, before blocking Aleksander Mitrovic's effort within the first 10 minutes of the game.

Nigeria did threaten in the 13th minute, but Victor Moses' shot was well-saved by Serbia keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Joe Obi was then forced to prevent Mitrovic's goal-bound effort and the ball deflected onto the top of the cross bar with Uzoho beaten in the 16th minute.

A minute later, Uzoho, who plays for Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, made a crucial save as he reacted quickly to stop the ball from crossing the goal-line.

The Eagles continued to press the Super Eagles and Dusan Tadic forced Uzoho into a good save in the 27th minute.

Nigeria were awarded a free-kick in a promising area in the 35th minute and Moses stepped up fired it straight at the wall.

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by Serbia.

The Eagles continued their dominance in the second-half as Uzoho had to come out quickly to deny Ljajic after a heavy first touch in the 53rd minute.

Serbia did break the break the deadlock in the 67th minute when Aleksander Mitrovic scored with a left-footed shot to make it 1-0 to Serbia.

Odion Ighalo, who replaced Moses, turned and unleashed a shot which was deflected, and it was easily saved by Stojkovic in the 70th minute as Nigeria looked to level matters.

Serbia then doubled their lead in the 81st minute when Aleksander Kolarov set up Mitrovic, who made it 2-0 to Serbia - grabbing his brace in the process.

Nigeria pushed for a late consolation goal in the closing stages of the game, but Serbia stood firm at the back and ultimately, the Eagles won 2-0 on the night.

Nigeria (0) 0
Serbia (0) 2 (Mitrovic 70', 80')

Nigeria: Uzoho, Ebuehi, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Idowu (Ajayi 88'), Onazi (Ogu 77'), Ndidi (Agu 85'), Joel Obi (Simon 77'), Victor Moses (Ighalo 46'), Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa.

Serbia:Stojkovic, Rukavina, Ivanovic, Nastasic, Kolarov, Milivojevic, Matic (Grujic 65'), Tadic (Maksimovic 90+1'), Ljajic (Zivkovic 80'), Kostic (Gacinovic 88'), Mitrovic.



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