Posted by News Express | 22 June 2014 | 2,847 times
Just as they promised, Nigeria’s Super Eagles made up for their unimpressive draw against Iran in their barren first group game to beat hard-fighting Bosnia-Herzegovina and put themselves in pole position to qualify for the Round of 16 of the on-going Brazil 2014 World Cup.
The Battle of Cuiaba ended a few minutes ago in favour of Nigeria, the only goal of the match coming off the booth of Osaze Odemwingie, who at 32 years and 341 days becomes Nigeria’s oldest goalscorer at a World Cup, beating the previous record set by Rashidi Yekini who was 31 years and 313 days when he scored against Bulgaria in Nigeria’s 3-0 win exactly 20 years ago today (21 June 1994).
Coach Stephen Keshi had for the first time partnered Odemwingie and power-playing Emmanuel Emenike, and the difference showed. Nigeria dominated play and looked very deadly on the attack.
The goal came after Odemwingie won the ball in the midfield and passed to Emenike on the right. Out-muscling his marker, Emenike laid for Odemwingie, who had sprinted to the goal area and comfortably tapped in.
With the victory, Nigeria are now second to Argentina, who earlier defeated Iran by a late goal to remain on top of the group.
•Photo shows striker Osaze Odemwingie tapping in the match winner . . . this morning against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Cuiaba.
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