Senegal 1-1 Nigeria – Man City Iheanacho Rescues Nigeria From Defeat Against Senegal


Nigeria forced Senegal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly game played in London at Barnet’s home ground popularly referred to as The Hive.


Senegal started the game brilliantly with Moussa Sow hitting the woodwork early into the game after some clever play in the midfield set him loose as Nigeria struggled to get going.

The miss galvanised the Senegalese as they went in search for a goal to rattle the Eagles, but their momentum was badly hit when Super Eagles captain Eddy Onazi was taken off after receiving a kick from the back.

Onazi was replaced by John Ogu and his introduction immediately swung the momentum the way of the Nigerian team, and his combination with Wilfred Ndidi unsettled the Senegalese.

Nigeria failed to register a shot on target in the first half as both teams head into the break level at 0-0, although Super Eagles goalkepper Akpeyi made two good stops to stop Senegal from taking the lead.

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Akpeyi was however beaten on the hour mark after Nigeria failed to deal with a corner kick, leaving Akepyi badly exposed to Moussa Sow who drilled home the opener for Senegal.

The introduction of Isacc Success and Olarenwaju Kayode sparked the Eagles to life, with Success direct play causing Senegal defenders all sort of troubles.

However it was Iheanacho who leveled scores for Nigeria with nine minutes left to play when he coolly slotted home a penalty, awarded to Nigeria after he was fouled.

Nigeria had two good chances to win the game late on but Kayode and Iheanacho wasted what would have been a morale boosting victory for the Super Eagles against a very strong Senegalese side.