Iheanacho Scores as Eagles trash Luxembourg

Super Eagles last night continued their winning run by defeating hosts Luxembourg 3-1 in an international friendly match at the Stade Josy Barthelon. It was the second match the three-time African champions were playing in the space of four days under the tutelage of caretaker coach Yusuf Salisu and the team made it two wins out of two, rounding off the available FIFA window in some style, with a stylish performance reminiscent of the good old days, albeit against the lesser equipped Red Lions of Luxembourg side.

It was the first ever international game between both sides, with Coach Salisu opting to start with Daniel Akpeyi in goal and  defenders Abdulahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Elderson Echiejile.

Captain Ogenyi Onazi started alongside Brown Ideye, Alex Iwobi, Aminu Umar and Musa Mohammed in a five-man midfield while Kelechi Iheanacho was left as the lone striker in front of the five-man midfield.

The likes of Moses Simon, Odion Ighalo and first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme were confined to the substitutes bench as Coach Sallisu rotated the team that defeated Mali 1-0 on Friday night in France.

Still seething with rage for failing to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Eagles came into the game looking to warm their way into the heart of fans but the hosts resisted all their attacking forays for almost 35  minutes until Olympiakos Piraeus striker Brown Ideye broke the deadlock on the  36 minute.

Luxembourg goalkeeper was unable to stop the ball from Ideye, who celebrated the goal with his teammates.

Eagles were unable to double their tally for the rest of the first half. On resumption of the second half, Manchester City forward, kelechi Iheanacho increased Nigeria’s lead to two. His goal came on the stroke of 69 minutes, his second in two games for the 2013 African champions, after scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory over Mali. Substitute Odion Ighalo, who came in for Ideye, made it triple delight for the travelling Nigerian pack, scoring the third on 71st  minute, sending the small Nigerian delegation into wild celebrations.

The goal-rush got the Eagles soaring as they went for an overkill but were caught on the counter by the hosts, who scored a consolation goal through  Vincent Thill on 90 minutes.


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