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All Square Between Greece And Nigeria

Nigeria and Greece played out to a hard fought 0-0 draw at the PPL Park in Philadelphia in their international friendly.

The Super Eagles made all of the running in the opening exchanges as the Greek side opted to play deep and keep a compact shape, trying to cut down any space.

Despite their defensive shape Greece did have the first shot at goal of the game in the 7th minutes as their skipper Karagounis slipped in a clever through pass for Fetfatzidis, who did well to make space in the box before firing his shot over the target.

Odemwingie should have hit the target in the 14th minute but his shot from distance went well wide.

Christodoulopoulos then came close with a fierce drive from way out which just went wide of Enyeama’s goal in the 21st minute.

A shot from outside the area from Musa forced the first save of the game from Greek goalkeeper Glykos with 25 minutes on the clock.

Fetfatzidis was then denied by Enyeama after some wonderful footwork which had the Super Eagle’s defence all over the place, luckily the Lille shot-stopper reacted well to push the low shot out for a corner.

With Keshi’s men finding it hard to breakdown the Greek defence, the Eagle’s midfielders had to resort to long range shots with Onazi letting fly from outside the box, but the shot was easily gathered by Glykos.

Echiejile was then forced to leave the field of play after pulling up with an injury and was replaced by Odunlami; Keshi will be hoping the injury is not too serious.

Fetfatzidis had the first chance of the second period as he curled an effort to the far corner from the edge of the box, but Enyeama did well to make a smart save low down to his right in the 55th minute.

Keshi’s men responded well and came close as well two minutes later as Moses and second-half substitute Uchebo combined well before the Chelsea winger fired wide from a difficult angle.

Greek substitutes Mitroglou and Samaras combined well before the Celtic striker’s left-footed shot was well blocked by the Super Eagle’s keeper in the final 10 minutes of play.

Lazio midfielder Onazi then forced a tremendous save from the Greece shot-stopper with the final five minutes showing on the clock.

Nigeria’s final chance of the game fell to Moses who let fly from just outside the box but the ball curled just wide of the target leaving the game deadlocked at 0-0. 


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