Odion Ighalo gets a hat-trick as Super Eagles whitewash Libya 4-0

Super Eagles

AFCON 2019 Qualifier

Super Eagles of Nigeria whitewashed the Mediterranean Knights of Libya 4-0 in their AFCON 2019 qualifier.

The first leg of the two-legged encounter took place at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo in front of a mammoth crowd who cheered the Eagles to victory.

Super Eagles had an early lead in the second minute of the encounter when the Libyan goal keeper failed to clear the pass from his defender to safety.

Nigeria’ s forward Odion Ighalo chased the goalkeeper whose indecision on what to do with the ball resulted in his hacking down Ighalo who was goal bound.

As the drama ensued, the centre referee from Congo DR Jean-Jacques Ngambo pointed to the penalty spot.

Super Eagles were in front 1-0 as Ighalo scored the penalty sending thunderous cheers all over the arena.

The Eagles took total control of the game at this point unsettling the Libyans more and more.

Super Eagles Starting Eleven

Super Eagles line up against Libya had Francis Uzoho in goal

Defenders – Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun, Troost- Ekong, Jamilu Collins

Midfielders – Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenekaro  Etebo,  Alex Iwobi

Forward – Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo.

The CAF officials for the match were Jean-Jacques Ngambo (centre referee), Olivier Safari Kabene (first assistant) and Nabina Blaise Sebutu (second assistant); all from Congo DR.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Super Eagles at half time with more still expected.Super Eagles pose for pics

The Libyans came out in the second half in a bid to restore parity but were rather dealt a blow.

Odion Ighalo made a clinical finished with a through-pass from Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi as he netted a double.

Ighalo had a filled day as he scored the third goal for Super Eagles when he got on the end of a cross by Musa to rebound his shot into the net.

Musa saw his effort on goal hit the woodwork but that did not stop him from having a good game.

Super Eagles had sealed Libya’s fate as they thrilled the spectators with dazzling displays from mercurial passes.

Odion Ighalo’s subsitution 

Ighalo was substituted later in the game amid a standing ovation from supporters who clapped and cheered the Super Eagles forward as he made way for Watford forward Isaac Success.

Unlike the familiar Super Eagles, they went on searching for the fourth goal and it paid off.

Super Eagles and Bordeaux of France forward Samuel Kalu was clinical as he curled Henry Onyekuru’s pass beyond the hands of the Libyan goal keeper

The deed had been done as the score board changes in seconds displaying 4-0; Super Eagles had given the fans a weekend gift.

The return leg fixture holds on Tuesday in Tunisia with Nigeria on six points behind South Africa who defeated Seychelles 5-0 and has seven points.

 

 

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