Substitute Karl Namnganda scored a sensational 90th minute goal as the Central African Republic stunned Nigeria’s Super Eagles at home, beating them by a solitary goal in their third Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
In Kigali meanwhile, Uganda picked their maiden victory in Group E after beating hosts Rwanda by a solitary goal.
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90’ — GOOAAALLL!!! CAR scores A mix up between Troost-Ekong and Balogun as CAR striker steals the ball and put it past Francis Uzoho. Unbelievable scenes at the Teslim Balogun stadium.
90’ — Fans booing the Super Eagles Fans are booing Super Eagles players whenever they have possession of the ball. What a story for CAR at the moment.
88’ — Chance after chance, CAR stand firm Nigeria create several chances and still can’t find the decisive shot on target as CAR are playing for their lives at the moment.
83’ — CHANCE! Chances go begging as Musa and Osimhen combine in the box but the Napoli striker’s shot goes wide again. It looking like one of those days.
80’ — Ten minutes left Desperate measures taken by the Super Eagles as home fans still believe a goal would come.
79’ — SUBSTITUTION Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa comes on for Joe Aribo and finally makes his 100th. It will make more sense if he scores a goal.
74’ — 15 minutes left to play and it’s till 0-0 CAR are holding their nerve and the game looks like its heading to a draw. Ahmed Musa is on the touchline to come on.
72’ — The clock is ticking and CAR are holding on The clock is ticking and CAR are holding on. they are tackling the Nigerian players hard to add more frustration.
70’ — CHANCE! Balogun goes for the spectacular as controls and applies the volley which went just over the post. It’s still 0-0 in Lagos.
66’ — Uzoho with a fine save Francis Uzoho whonhas had little or noithing to do makes a marvelous save from a one-on-one situation. At the other end, a Osimhen’s header goes narrowly wide from a Simon’s cross.
55’ — Another chance for Nigeria A beautiful cross from Aina to Awoniyi and the striker misses the header as well as Osimhen going for the follow up.
50’ — CHANCE!!! Osimhen’s shot hits the bar Simon gives Awoniyi the cut-back but a timely intervention diverted the ball away from goal. It would have been a dream debut for the Union Berlin star.
46’ — SUBSTITUTION Taiwo Awoniyi finally makes his debut for Nigeria as he comes in for Iheancho who seems to be injured.
45’ — First half 0-0 It was rather a frustrating game for the Nigerian side who failed to break the Central African Republic who are yet to win a match in Group C.
40’ — Still 0-0 The Central African Republic have done well to hold the Nigerian side without a goal. It’s becoming frustrating Gernot Rohr’s side.
36’ — 2 straight corner kicks to Nigeria Iheanacho and Simon’s set-pieces were dealt with by the CAR defence. It is becoming a hard nut to crack for the Super Eagles.
34’ — Injury to Iheanacho Iheanacho goes to ground after playing a shot on goal which was not far away on target. The medical team are on the pitch as the Leicester City striker limps off the pitch.
32’ — CAR score but goal disallowed Massive relief for Nigeria after CAR thought they had scored but there was a foul in the build up.
28’ — Shouts for handball Joe Aribo tries to cross the ball into the 18-yard area as the ball seems to catch the defender by the hand but the referee is not listening to any of the protests as he waves play on. Still 0-0 in Lagos.
27’ — CHANCE! Osimhen gets the through ball but blazes his shot in the skies. By his standards it is a disappointing finish. But Nigeria are gradually opening CAR’s defence.
23’ — Corner kick for Nigeria Corner kick results to nothing as the CAR side are defending desperately in numbers. Troost-Eking tries to cross into the box again but headed away. It is looking like a difficult game for Nigeria.
20’ — Still goalless CAR have done well to have held the Super Eagles this far in the game but there is still a lot of football to play.
18’ — CAR making it difficult for Nigeria string passes in attack Several passes have been exchanged in the midfield but the CAR side have been equal to the task. Osimhen’s pass to Iheanacho was well-read by the keeper.
16’ — Corner kick for Nigeria Osimhen wins a corner kick. There are lots of green and white shirts in the 18-yard area as Iheanacho takes it but a headed clearance.
12’ — Offside call for CAR The CAR side tries to beat the Nigerian defence but the linesman raised his flag for offside. The game still yet to produce a shot on goal.
10’ — Goalless after 10 minutes The opening 10 minutes has not produced a shot on goal as it remains 0-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Nigeria vs Central African Republic highlights
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