Last night the Super Eagles team was so close to defeating the Ukrainian team but ended up in a 2-2 draw, scoring the two goals within 45 seconds.
First time player for the Eagles team, Joseph Ayodele-Aribo stirred the mood for the game as he struck a clever shot passed by Alex Iwobi after great work by Samuel Kalu had left the Ukrainian debilitated.
Samuel Chukwueze was so close to scoring for the Eagles as he rushed into the Ukraine goal post but unfortunately the goalkeeper caught the ball.
Two minutes later, Samuel Chukwueze drove into the home team’s vital area but saw his shot saved by goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.
Halfway into the first half, Nigeria could have scored a goal as Iwobi’s chip found Ayodele-Aribo, who connected with a diving header that took all of Lunin’s consciousness to score over the bar.
Playing the corner kick, Osimhen headed powerfully towards goal but Lunin again caught the ball.
11 minutes later, the Eagles had bagged two goals as Osimhen fired into the corner from the penalty spot.
Uzoho at the 42nd minute fired an energetic double save from Oleksandr Zinchenko, and three minutes after when Iwobi could have scored a third goal, he could not find Osimhen’s defence.
At the 48th minute, Iwobi wasted another opportunity that would have been a fourth goal as he fired a very wide shot off Lunin’s post. Four minutes after that, Nigeria almost had a second penalty as Kalu was handled in an unlikely manner.
Semi Ajayi made a wise move by refusing Victor Kovalenko and Roman Yaremchuk in the 57th minute, and then two minutes later a solo defence by Chukwueze ended with him once more placing the ball too wide of goal, with Lunin flat-footed.
However, the home team got fortunate in the 78th minute, Zinchenko got behind the defence and shot past Uzoho.
The Eagles lost their concentration after the goal and this gave the home team leverage. Yaremchuk fired past Uzoho, although it was argued that it was with his hand and the goal should have been ruled off.