Ukraine 2-2 Super Eagles: 6 moments you missed
Ukraine 2-2 Super Eagles: 6 moments you missed

Ukraine 2-2 Super Eagles: 6 moments you missed

Nigeria and Ukraine played a 2-2 draw in an international friendly match on Tuesday.

Nigeria dorminated the first half, and the tide turned the way of host Ukraine in the second half.

Here are six things you are likely to have missed in Tuesday's encounter played at the 31,000 –capacity Dnipro Arena.

Three players made their debut

Three players made their international debut for Nigeria in the game against Ukraine.

Joe Aribo, Josh Maja and Emmanuel Dennis Bonvaventure put on the Super Eagles jersey for the first time and are now Nigerian players.

Joe Aribo scored on his debut

Debutant Joseph Ayodele-Aribo put the seal on a frenetic beginning at the 31,000 –capacity venue when he cleverly connected home a cross by Alex Iwobi after great work by Samuel Kalu had left the Ukrainian defence in tatters. In the event, the Glasgow Rangers FC of Scotland forward became the 60th player to score right on international debut for Nigeria.

Oleksandr Zinchenko was oustanding

He posed the worse threat to the Super Eagles on the night. In the 42nd minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was forced to make a terrific double save from Zinchenko before the 22-year-old Manchester City player found the back of the net in the 78th minute.

Osimhen scored his first Super Eagles goal

Samuel Kalu was tripped by Eduard Sobol in the penalty area and Victor Osimhen stepped forward to convert the resulting kick to score his first goal for the Super Eagles. The game against Ukraine was his second international appearance after making his debut in the third-place match of the AFCON 2019 against Tunisia.

Ukraine's two quick goals

Ukraine scored two goals in less than two minutes to force a 2-2 draw against Nigeria. The home team got lucky in the 78th minute, as the dangerous Zinchenko got behind the defence and shot past Uzoho.

Right from the kick-off after the goal, loss of concentration handed the advantage to the home team, and Yaremchuk got the ball past Uzoho, though he appeared to have scored with the hand and the effort should have been ruled off.

Troost Ekong injured

William Troost-Ekong, who captained the Nigerian side, picked up an injury in the closing stage of the encounter and had to be replaced by Leganes' Chidozie Awaziem.


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