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MMM GIVE NIGERIA 3 POINTS


The Super Eagles made it two wins out of two after they defeated Algeria 3-1 on matchday 2 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Uyo.

A brace from Victor Moses and a goal from skipper Mikel John Obi, gave the Eagles the win. Nabil Bentaleb got Algeria's only goal.

The Eagles stay top of the Group B on six points while Algeria are bottom of the group.

In the 7 th minute Moses had the game's first real chance after beating two markers following a brilliant run but his left foot went inches wide off target.

Algeria went close on 23 minutes as Yaxine Brahimi sent in a dangerous cross which Daniel Akpeyi came out to punch away.

The Eagles took the lead on 25 minutes through Moses who burst into the Algerian defence before sliding a low shot past Raise M'Bolhi in goal for the visitors.

Kelechi Iheanacho almost doubled the Eagles lead on 30 minutes but couldn't connect with Moses' cross.

Algerian had a wonderful chance to equalize on 37 minutes but Nabil Bentaleb could not direct his effort to goal.

Mikel made it 2-0 on 42 minutes finishing off Oghenekaro Etebo after beating the offside trap.

Algeria almost halved the deficit in first half added time through Mahrez but Leon Balogun made a timely block for a corner.

Mahrez went close for Algeria on 48 minutes after dancing his way into the Eagles 18 yard but Balogun made a good
block for a corner.

In the 59 minute Saphir Taiser aimed a straight shot from just outside the box after a poor clearance by Ogenyi Onazi but his effort went wide.

Eagles made their first change with Abdullahi Shehu replacing Kenneth Omeruo who went off injured.

Bentaleb drew a goal back for Algeria on 67 minutes rifling in a left foot strike which found the top right hand corner.

In the 75 minute Brahimi took a left foot shot which flashed across the Eagles goal.

A minute later the Eagles made their second change with Ahmed Musa went in for Alex Iwobi.

On 83 minutes the Eagles made their final change with Wilfred Ndidi replacing Mikel.

On 84 minutes Musa almost scored the third for the Eagles but couldn't direct his left shot towards goal.

Iheanacho a golden chance to seal the game on 90 minutes but sent his effort narrowly off target.

Moses extended the Eagles lead on 92nd minute finishing off a brilliant counter attack and from Musa's low cross.