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The Lions Forced a Draw on Eagles, 1-1 at Yaounde

Nigeria made a 1-1 draw against Indomitable Lions on Monday in the second leg between two team in the World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria won the first leg 4-0 last Friday in Uyo and were looking good for a double when Moses Simon shot the Eagles in front in the 30th minute.

 However, the Lions clawed their way back as they got an equaliser from the penalty spot to save their face but not their World qualification dreams which are already over.

It was the Super Eagles that nearly took the lead in the seventh minute when a free kick from Victor Moses was almost headed in by a Cameroon defender.

In the 20th minute, Cameroon won a free-kick in a dangerous position but they did not make the best of the opportunity.

That proved costly as the  Super Eagles eventually took the lead in the 30th minute through Simon who latched on to Odion Ighalo’s assist following a goalmouth scramble.

Ighalo moments after almost doubled the lead after good foot-work but his shot went just inches over the bar.

On the stroke of halftime, a dangerous cross from the right was well cleared by William Troost-Ekong for a corner.

Second half
The Cameroon team came pressing in the second half and just six minutes after the restart Troost-Ekong made a superb clearance away for a corner after a through pass had beaten the Nigerian backline.

In the 59th, minute Cameroon had a chance in front of the Eagles 18 but Cameroon forward hit his shot over the bar.

The Eagles had a chance to double the lead on 63 minutes following good play by Moses on the left, but Ighalo failed to divert the ball into the net.

Moses should have made it 2-0 on 67 minutes after turning the Cameroonian defenders but his curler veered off the bar.

With Cameroon continually pushing for a leveler, they were rewarded with a penalty in the 75th minute.

Vincent Aboubakar who came off the bench held his nerve to convert the spot kick to make the scores 1-1.

Though both sides attempted to get a late winner; with Cameroon coming the closest, it was not to be as the game ended in stalemate.

Despite the draw, the Super Eagles are still top of their qualifying group with 10 points from four matches, while Cameroon remain third with three points.

Zambia, who are second with four points, face bottom team Algeria in Constantine on Tuesday night in the other match of Group B.


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