The Super Eagles of Nigeria bounced back late into the friendly against Senegal to end the game 1-1 on Thursday at the Hive Stadium in London.
Fenerbahce striker, Moussa Sow opened scoring for the Terenga Lions in the 54th minute before Kelechi Iheanacho’s equaliser from the penalty spot after he was felled with seven minutes left on the clock.
It makes it four games without a loss for manager Gernot Rohr since taking charge of the Super Eagles late last year.
The game saw the duo of Isaac Success and Olanrewaju Kayode make their debuts for the Super Eagles coming on as substitutes for Ahmed Musa and Simon Moses respectively.
Senegal dominated the game for most of the encounter especially after the break and got rewarded with the goal that made it 1-0 six minutes to the hour mark after Sow lashed on Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye’s right wing cross.
Nigeria fought hard to comeback into the game and the introduction of Kayode, Oghenekaro Etebo and Success added more spark to the attack late the game.
Many chances were squandered through Iheanacho, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi early in the game.
The Eagles were forced to make an early sub in the 24th minute after a bad tackle on skipper Ogenyi Onazi, who was stretchered off and replaced with John Ogu.
25' Onazi injured and stretchered off the pitch. He's replaced with John Ogu.
Hope this is not so serious..#NgaSen
— Bayo Psalm Adeoye (@BayoPsalm) March 23, 2017
Senegal’s goal scorer, Sow, also sustained a hamstring injury and was replaced by Diedhiou Famara.
In the 82nd minute, the Eagles got back on level terms through Iheanacho who converted from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Senegal’s keeper Pape Seydou. It was 20-year-old Manchester City star’s fifth goal in eight senior Nigeria matches.
The Eagles went in search of the winner in the closing stages of the game but Kayode’s header from 10 yards off Iheanacho’s free-kick narrowly missed the target.
A second international friendly will be played against 2017 Africa Cup of Nations bronze winners Burkina Faso on Monday at the same venue..
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