Ukraine vs Nigeria friendly ended 2-2 draw as the Super Eagles surrendered a 2-0 lead in the last 20 minutes of the encounter, on Tuesday night, September 10 at the Dnipro Arena.
Nigeria started the contest brightly with Aribo netting the opener in the first half.
Before the end of the half, Victor Osimhen netted Nigeria’s second goal, to see the Super Eagles go into the break with a two-goal advantage.
However, in the last quarter the Yellow-Blue two quick goals under a minute to force Nigeria to a 2-2 draw at the blast of the final whistle.
Gone in 60 seconds…
Ukraine with two quick-fire goals to level against Nigeria. It’s now 2-2. pic.twitter.com/MFVxM1adDK
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) September 10, 2019
The result saw the Super Eagles fail to win their first game after a AFCON bronze medal finish at the biennial tournament.
In this report, Legit.ng highlights four Super Eagles stars, who were exceptional during the friendly against the Yellow-Blue of Ukraine.
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Here are Super Eagles players who were exceptional against Ukraine’s Yellow Blue:
4. Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo
The Stoke City man operated from a deep midfield role, but he made good use of the ball and broke up opponents attack excellently.
On the other hand, Aribo had a decent debut, netting a goal, as well as linking up play nicely.
He also made sure he offered support to his defenders.
Aribo is undoubtedly among the top performer on the night and fans will be looking forward to see him in action again for Nigeria in no distant time.
— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) September 10, 2019
3 Samuel Kalu and Samuel Chukwueze
Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu was Super Eagles main man in the attacking midfield role as he subjected the hosts into series of punishment.
Samuel also created the opening for Iwobi to get his assist. The French Ligue 1 player missed a chance to net a goal in the second half as he failed to record a well-deserved goal for his effort on the day.
Equally, Samuel Chukwueze, who shared the second spot with him, was very enterprising during match as he put the Yellow-Blue defenders in trouble most the ball is on his feet.
2 Francis Uzoho
The encounter remains arguably Francis Uzoho’s best performance for Nigeria in recent time.
At the last count, the shot-stopper ensured several strikes from the hosts did not get past him, even with his defenders beaten.
To a large extent he was in total control of his defence despite conceding twice on the night.
1 Alex Iwobi: Super Eagles poster-boy was another top performer for Nigeria against Ukraine.
Aside from assisting Aribo’s goal with a special cross across goal, he linked up very well with Samuel Kalu, to ensure the strikers were provided goal scoring opportunities.
Although he missed a chance to net after the restart, his creativity was at its very best during the match, but was offered a deserved rest before the Ukrainian staged a comeback.
Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday night, September 10, allowed Ukraine to stage a come back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw in their international friendly tie.
The encounter left Super Eagles’ fans livid considering the fact that Nigeria were leading 2-0 before the end of first half.