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Nigeria 3-1: Algeria Player Ratings – Top Marks For Mikel, Etebo, Balogun, Victor Moses MOTM

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria crushed the Algerian National team 3-1 to maintain leadership of group B in the CAF World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

Owngoalnigeria.com was at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, and now rates the performance of the players who made it easy for Nigeria to claim the all important win.

Daniel Akpeyi – Didn’t have much to do but wasn’t so confident with the ball at his feet, can be excused for the goal conceded by Nigeria, but still his poor positioning made it easy for Nabil Bentaleb long range effort to beat him….7.5/10

Kenneth Omeruo: Looked lost and out of sort at right back. Struggled to cope with the pace and trickery of Yacine Brahaimi, couldn’t match the FC Porto man and was the weak link in the team before his eventual substitution….6.5/10

Elderson Echiejile: Did enough to keep dangerman Riyad Mahrez quiet by curbing his attacking instinct and staying glued to the Leicester City star. Suspect all through but coped to see the game out….7.5/10

William Troost-Ekong: Solid in aerial duels and quick turn of pace aided his recovery even when he has to make up lot of grounds. Still need to learn a thing or two about positional awareness and usage of the ball….8/10

Leon Balogun: He has almost everything Nigeria have lacked in central defence over the past few years. Calm, calculative, solid in tackles and aerial duels. His composure on the ball is rare for a defender. Didn’t lose a single tackle all day long. Top man, Super Eagles main man….9/10

Eddy Onazi: Had an unusual discipline display for the Super Eagles, did just enough to shield the back four but was missing when Algeria scored their only goal. Won lots of tackles and took some for the team as well….8/10

Oghenekaro Etebo: Full of energy and pace. He didn’t leave any space uncovered, frustrated the Algerians all game long . Truly merited his spot in the team. A workaholic in the middle, he has come to stay….9.5/10

Mikel Obi: Captain, leader and motivator in chief. He lead the team from the get go with neat piece of skills in the midfield, hard to shake off the ball and got the goal his performance deserves….9/10

Alex Iwobi: Majestic in possession and a delight to watch. He sprayed the ball around nicely and connected with his teammates with the ease of a veteran despite his young age. The highlight of his display has to be the rainbow flick act that got the stadium chanting his uncle’s name, Austin Okocha….8/10

Kelechi Iheanacho: Lead the line well,and ran the Algerians ragged with his runs behind the defence and helped his team defensive shape by pressing the opponent from their half. Missed a chance to get his name on the score sheet but did enough to earn a strong rating….8.5/10

Victor Moses: Solid in defending, calm in possession, quick in attacking and deadly in the box. He was clearly the one man the Algerians hate to see on the ball. His brace capped a strong performance and earned him the man of the match award….9.5/10

Substitute:

Shehu Abdullahi: Added steel to the backline of the Super Eagles after replacing the injured Omeruo, up against a tired Brahaimi he contributed a lot to the team going forward in the closing stages of the game….7.5/10

Ahmed Musa: Picked up an assist and clearly troubled the Algerians with his pace and energy. Added a lot to the team and justified his inclusion…..7.5/10

Wilfred Ndidi: Slotted into the midfield with ease,which brought an instantaneous calm to the team. Calmly sprayed passes even in difficult situations….7.5/10