International Friendly: Saudi Arabia Hold Nigeria To A 2-2 Draw In Portugal

Super Eagles of Nigeria were held to a 2-2 draw by the Green Facons of Saudi Arabia in an international friendly game played on Friday at the Portimao Municipal Stadium, in Portugal.

Salman Al-Faraji put Saudi Arabia in front on the 60th minute following a dreadful clearance from Francis Uzoho.

However, Super Eagles rallied and got a well-deserved equalizer in the 73rd minute through another own goal from Saudi Arabia goalkeeper, Abdulelah Al Amri, after Bundesliga Rookie of the Month of September, Victor Boniface converted an impressive pass from Moses Simon to force the goalkeeper to commit the error.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho reclaimed the lead for Jose Pesiero’s team in the 81st minute with a superb finish from the edge of the box to beat the helpless Saudi goalkeeper and give Nigeria a 2-1 lead.

Roberto Mancini led side got their equaliser from a set piece in the 90+10 minutes after Mohammed Kamno converted from the deflected free kick to leave the game all squared.

Nigeria’s last win in an international friendly game came in 2019 when the Super Eagles defeated Egypt 1-0 at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba, Delta state. An early brilliant strike from Paul Onuachu in the 20 seconds of the encounter.

The Super Eagles will face Mozambique in another international friendly on Monday October 16th at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira, Portugal.

The three-time African champions are using these friendly matches to prepare for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be held in Cote d’Ivoire in January next year, as well as the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which will commence in November with games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

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