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  • Updated: September 03, 2021

World Cup Qualifier: Iheanacho Spurs Nigeria Past Liberia In Lagos

World Cup Qualifier: Iheanacho Spurs Nigeria Past Liberia In

Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi Celebrates Goal

Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a brace to secure a 2-0 victory over Liberia in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Group C match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Friday evening.

The win will give the Super Eagles some much-needed confidence ahead of their second Group C game against Cape Verde on Tuesday, while the Lone Star are scheduled to face the Central African Republic on Monday.

The Super Eagles dominated the game from the start and Ola Aina fired the first warning in the 10th minute as the Torino FC fullback's thunderous shot narrowly missed the target.

The deadlock was then broken seven minutes before the half-hour mark following a perfectly executed corner-kick routine between Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi.

Iwobi set-up Iheanacho, who then took one touch, before unleashing a powerful low shot that beat goalkeeper Ashley Williams at the near post to hand Nigeria a 1-0 lead.

The hosts continued to surge forward after taking the lead and they managed to score their second goal of the match on the stroke of half time with Iheanacho and Iwobi being involved once again.

Iwobi flicked the ball backward and Iheanacho pounced and fired pastWilliams from close range to hand Nigeria a 2-0 lead heading into the half-time break.

Iheanacho, who was chasing a hat-trick in the second half, played an inch-perfect free-kick for Leon Balogun in the 49th minute, but the lanky defender placed his header narrowly wide of the target.

Nigeria's highly-rated striker Victor Osimhen was determined to put his name on the scoresheet and his header hit the crossbar after he had connected with Moses Simon's cross just after the hour-mark.

With his side trailing 2-0, Liberia coach Peter Butler decided to introduce attacker Peter Wilson as the Lone Star looked to pull one back in the closing stages and make it a nervy finish for the Super Eagles.

However, the hosts defended very well in the closing proceedings and ultimately the match ended in a 2-0 victory in favour of Nigeria.

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