Victor Osimhen scored twice and laid two assists as the Super Eagles rallied back from a goal down to beat their hosts Lesotho 4-2 in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture at the Setsoto Stadium, Maseru on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
Lesotho, who failed to score a goal in their previous two outings against the Super Eagles, opened scoring through Nkoto Masoabi in the 11th minute.
Nkoto jumped above Semi Ajayi to hand the Crocodiles the lead.
The goal jolted the Super Eagles who carved out two quick opportunities through William Troost-Ekong and Samuel Chukuweze which didn’t yield any goal.
Tseka Lopano received the first caution of the game in the 24th minute after a late challenge on Moses Simon.
Alex Iwobi restored parity for Nigeria in the 28th minute after he was teed up by Osimhen.
Osimhen charged towards the Lesotho defense, collected a pass from midfield and laid it for Iwobi who slotted home.
A good Nigeria move involving Aribo and Ndidi on the half hour mark, but Moses Simon’s effort was kept out by Mtsane Lichaba in goal for Lesotho.
Simon came close to handing Nigeria the lead two minutes later but his effort was saved by Lichaba
Nigeria took the lead for the first time in the game in the 38th minute with Chukuweze nodding home Osimhen’s cross.
Osimhen came close to doubling Nigeria’s lead late in the first half but his effort missed target.
The Lille forward’s well taken shot hit the cross bar five minutes after the break, while Lichaba punched away his goal bound shot seven minutes later.
Ahmed Musa came in for Chukuweze in the 66th minute as the Super Eagles looked to score more goals.
Granada midfielder Ramon Azeez also took the place of Aribo in the 71st minute.
Osimhen got a goal his performance deserved when he poked home Ola Aina’s low cross in the 75th minute.
He got his second goal of the game six minutes from time. Substitute Azeez threaded a pass through for the forward who chipped it over the sprawling Lichaba.
Chidozie Awaziem who was lucky to escape a red card for a rash tackle earlier in the game mishit a cross into his own net a minute from time.
Benin Republic defeated Sierra Leone 1-0 in the other Group L game also on Sunday.
Super Eagles Line-up
Akpeyi – Awaziem, Ekong, Ajayi, Aina, Ndidi, Aribo (Azeez 71), Iwobi, Simon (Kalu 83) , Chukuweze (Musa 66) Osimhen
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