1-USA kicks off
3-USA stat: Never won a pre-World Cup friendly
4-Ameobi misses golden chance, slides shot wide; USA too misses a chance to go in front from a counter by Bedoya
12-Ramon Azeez tries to go on a mazy run, but move thwarted, Nigerian throw-in
13-USA’s Michael Bradley scuffs the ball and a chance at goal. Goal-kick for Nigeria.
14-Moses from the resultant ball released wins a corner, another corner comes in quick succession but Ref Mark Clattenburg flags a foul against Odemwingie
15- Odemwingie forces a save from Tim Howard who spills the ball but gathers it on second attempt
18 mins – Moses loses the ball in midfield which causes panic in Nigeria’s goal area
20 mins – Odemwingie fires a long range shot directed to nowhere
22- Enyeama saves a fierce shot from Michael Bradley after good interchange of passes by the Yanks. Soon afterwards, another effort from USA goes wide
23-Injury scare for the Super Eagles as Efe Ambrose goes down clutching his waist, attended to by the medics
28- USA goal. Super Eagles’ defence caught sleeping as Jozy Altidore sneaks behind it to slot in USA’s goal. 1-0.
30- Ramon Azeez’s free kick misses everybody. Poor delivery
40- Ogenyi Onazi releases another of his rocket shots but ball goes straight to Howard
42-Azeez forces Bekerman to concede a corner. Another follows immediately but Howard saves
45- 1 minute added. Clint Dempsey tries an ambitious effort from 35 yards
HT USA 1 – 0 Nigeria
45- The 2nd half starts with Babatunde Michael and Gabriel Rueben in while Mikel Obi and Osaze Odemwingie are rested
Moses’ free kick leads to Ameobi’s header but USA breaks on a corner soon afterwards
53- Moses’ dribbles yields no dividends, loses the ball for USA goal kick
59- Babatunde Michael concedes a free kick
68- Emmanuel Emenike introduced in place of Shola Ameobi
70- Enyeama produces a world class save to deny Dempsey
72- Jozy Altidore dribbles past Joseph Yobo to fire past a hapless Vincent Enyeama for USA’s second goal. 2-0.
77- Azeez goes down with what is suspected to be an ankle injury
79- Markus Beaseley out for Chandler.
Gabriel Rueben contrives to lose the ball comically in the middle of the pack leading to a USA counter attack.
Moses wins a penalty after a promising pass from Emenike. Moses scores from the spot, sending Howard the wrong place. 2-1.
Gabriel Rueben loses the ball AGAIN rather embarrassingly
Emenike’s attempted swivel shot skied wide high.
45-(3rd added minute)Moses’ free kick meets Efe Ambrose but he miscues a nice chance to level up the score. It ends USA 2, Nigeria 1.
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