Spirited Nigeria Fall To England At Wembley
International Friendly Report: England v Nigeria 02 June 2018
Result: England 2-1 Nigeria
Date: 02 June 2018
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Nigeria continued their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 loss to England at Wembley Stadium in a friendly international on Saturday evening.
Seven minutes into the game, Gary Cahill opened the scoring for the Three Lions with a towering header from the penalty spot that sailed into the top corner following a corner, 1-0.
Raheem Sterling almost made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 13th minute after going through inside the box but his lobbed effort over goalkeeper Francis Uzoho sailed wide.
Gareth Southgate’s charges were comfortable on the ball and were using the pace of Sterling up front while Gernot Rohr’s men were disorganised and gave England too much respect.
Odion Ighalo had the first shot in anger for Nigeria in the 35th minute with a strike at the near post but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was well positioned to make the save.
Harry Kane doubled England’s lead four minutes before the break with a powerful low shot just outside the box that sailed under Uzoho, 2-0.
England were impressive with their movements in the last third and took a deserved 2-0 lead into the break while the Super Eagles were disjointed and looking nervous.
Alex Iwobi woke up Nigeria immediately in the second stanza, pulling a goal back a minute after the break with a clinical strike, following up Ighalo’s shot that hit the upright, 2-1.
Rohr made four changes at the break and the substitutions were having an immediate impact as the Super Eagles had England on the ropes inside the hour-mark.
John Obi Mikel had a crack at goal for the visitors 20 minutes before time but Pickford was on hand to keep out the midfielder's long range strike.
The Three Lions made a couple of changes of their own in the last quarter of an hour but their effect was that they slowed the tempo of the match.
Southgate’s troops were controlling possession with five minutes to go passing the ball around but not finding the penetrative pass.
In the end, neither side could carve out another clear-cut opening as the clash ended 2-1 in favour of England.