- Liberia vs Nigeria ended 2-0 in favour of the Super Eagles who dominated much of the intense encounter
- In the other group game, Cape Verde defeated Central African Republic 2-1 to take the battle until the last day
- Nigeria and Cape Verde will go face-to-face at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday, and a draw will see the Eagles through to the final round
The Super Eagles of Nigeria registered a 2-0 win over Liberia in their penultimate fixture in the second round of the ongoing 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Victory for the Super Eagles over the Lone Star has brightened their chances towards a place in the third round of qualifiers as they only need, at least, a draw when they take on Cape Verde in Lagos next Tuesday.
AS reports that the Nigerian team knew anything short of victory against Liberia could spell doom for their chances of qualifying for Qatar, and they proved their mettle.
It took just thirteen minutes before the Super Eagles made their intention known as Kelechi Iheanacho was hacked down in the penalty area, according to BBC Sport.
Osimhen stepped up to take it as the Napoli of Italy striker fired home to put Nigeria ahead 1-0.
And in the 32nd minute, Osimhen almost made it two-nil following another breathtaking effort, but somehow the Lone Stars escaped.
Four minutes later, the opposition threatened through Pabai, but the Liberian winger tripped just at the most inoportuine moment and the move broke down.
The hosts came close in the 41st minute when Collins clipped Macauley and Liberia win another dangerous free. Dorley took it and Maduka Okoye fisted away to avert the danger.
The Super Eagles began the second-half on a positive note as they continued to pile the pressure as they did in the first.
But in the 73rd minute, there was a costly mistake from the back as the ball was headed into the patch of the Liberia striker who took a terrible first touch and the move broke down and Sanoh will be disappointed with his effort there.
With minutes left into the encounter, captain Musa was brought in as a replacement for Iheanacho as the former CSKA captain reaches 103 caps.
And in stoppage-time, Osimhen was brought down in the area with Musa stepping up to take it.
The captain sent the goalkeeper the wrong way as it ended; Liberia 0-2 Nigeria.
Oliseh says Osimhen can be greater than Yekini
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Super Eagles midfielder and head coach Sunday Oliseh believes Victor Osimhen can be better than the great Rashidi Yekini if he doesn’t get carried away.
Oliseh made this known in an interview with Complete Sports in Abuja and as seen on Nairaland.
He disclosed this while reacting to the return of Al-Shabab striker Odion Ighalo to the Super Eagles.
Source: Sports Brief News