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Algeria score late penalty to deny Nigeria historic win in World Cup Qualifier





Follow the live update of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier starts between Nigeria and Algeria below;

FT: Algeria 1 - Nigeria. Nigeria end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and with a draw at there is denying the pitch was poor

88' There is another push and shove in the game. After Brahimi sent Ezenwa the wrong way, there was a rush to get the ball back into the center circle by Leon Balogun is not buying that and he tries to shield the ball.

The defender is punched in the face and the two teams clash

87' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Brahimi scores and gets Algeria level

86' PENALTY to Algeria. Brahimi receives a return pass and tries to cut in through Shehu and both men clash and the referee points to the spot

84' CHANCE! Henry Onyekuru curls an effort from outside the box but it is just deflected wide off the goal

79' The Nigerian defender confronts the winger for playing a ball far away from the set piece spot and the Porto man tries to headbutt the rightback

78' HEADBUTT! Brahimi headbutts Shehu but he is only shown a yellow card

76' The fight is eventually settled by Etebo and John Ogu

75' SUB: On Boudejeur on, Benteur off

74' The pitch has erupted as Medjani clashed with Alex Iwoni and notj players almost come to blows

71' SUB: Henry Onyekuru on, Anthony Nwakaeme off

68' The striker is at the end of a cross from the right and despite seeing Ezenwa beaten and just a free goal, the striker decided it was best he sent the ball back the same way it was coming

67' WHAT A MISS! Islam Slimani misses an open goal chance.

63' The Isreal based midfielder picks up a loose ball outside the box and instead of slamming a shot, he just simply curls it into the roof of the net. Algeria 0 - 1 Nigeria

63' GOOOOOAAAALLLL! Nigeria take the lead and what a sweet strike that was from John Ogu

61' CHANCE! Algeria should be one up now but somehow it is still scoreless. Ezenwa fluffs a corner kick and it falls to Mehdi who only has to head to en empty net but he sent his header over from six yards out

60' The teams look like they have gotten used to the poor pitch now but still no goals yet

57' EZENWA is down! The FC Ifeanyi Ubah shotstopper collides with an opposition player and he will need medical attention

54' SHOT! Aleix Iwobi's left footed volley from outside the box is well saved. A little more power and the net would be shaking now

53' BLOCKED! Shot from Slimani from Riyad Mahrez short freekick is blocked by Leon Balogun for a corner which in turn is easily clared

50; Brahimi is taken down in the box after a surging run but the referee does not deem it a foul. The Porto man could have been stronger

47' CHANCE! Alex Iwobi takes out a defender and when he looked to cross, the pitch once again gives way and the Arsenal man cannot connect

46' No substitutions yet as both teams look to get settled

46' The Super Eagles of Nigeria get the second half kicked off

HT: Algeria 0 - 0 Nigeria

A bad pitch has contributed to an even half as both teams are yet to build one meaningful attack in the game so far

45' One time of added time given

43' SAVE! John Ogu's long range freekick is well held by the Algerian goalkeeper

40' Five minutes to go and still no goals yet although the Super Eagles are looking the most likely to score so far

37' Etebo fouls Slimani around the half way line and for some reason he escapes a card for his two footed challenge

34' Shehu Abdullahi does well to clear a loose ball after Leon Balogun's poor clearance

32' No one is settled yet in the game because of the very bad pitch. The ground fails Mahrez as he tried a no look back heel

29' SUB: Algeria make a sub s Nessahk comes off and Abduloboui comes on

25' SHOT! Ndidi has a crack but it is easily block unto the path of Nigeria who try to create something but Ola Aina cannot control a pass (the pitch once again at fault) and it goes out for a throw in

22' Still the poor pitch making the game look helter skelter... no one particularly dominating the game

20' CHANCE for Nigeria, Ndidi picks up a loose ball in midfield and drives forward but his pass to Iheanacho is poor

18' Chance for Mahrez to shoot but the poor pitch lets him down as the ball goes bubbling under his feet

15' Nwakaeme does well to earn a free kick at the corner flag. The ball is swung in but Nwakaeme is unable to connect as he is dragged down. Referee refuses to blow for a penalty

12' Shot from Ferhat from outside the box after a corner is cleared is just wide as the Algerians looks to dominate.

10' The bad pitch has made it hard for both teams to create attacking move, On one occasion Kelechi Iheanacho misjudged a ball and was forced to concede a throw in

8' The game has been here and there and the pitch is very poor with a contours

6' Slimani is punished for a hand ball

3' Another chance for the Desert Foxes from a freekick but Leon Balogun does well to clear the danger

1'Early chance for Algeria as Slimani heads just wide

1' Algeria get us started

Nigeria XI vs Algeria: Ezenwa, Shehu, Ekong, Balogun, Ola Aina, Ndidi, Ogu, Etebo, Iheanacho, Nwakaeme, Iwobi.

Subs: Akpeyi, Uzoho, Musa, Kayode, Ebuechi, Awaziem, Mikel, Agbo, Nwakali, Omeruo, Onyekuru

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