Nigeria Goes past Luxembourg 3-1

The Super Eagles of Nigeria recorded a second victory in four days after sinking hosts Luxembourg 3-1 in an international friendly played at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City on Tuesday evening.

This gives interim coach Salisu Yusuf a 100 per cent start with the team following a 1-0 victory over the Eagles of Mali in Friday’s friendly international played in Rouen, France.

Making a return to the starting lineup for the first time since 2013, Olympiacos striker Brown Ideye opened scoring for the Eagles before Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho doubled the team’s lead – his second goal in as many games.

Watford FC hotshot Odion Ighalo put the tie beyond the Red Lions with a second-half strike while Vincent Thill got a late consolation as his side struggled to match the intensity and technique of the more established super Eagles.

Coach Yusuf made six changes to the side that narrowly defeated Mali in Rouen last week as he brought on Ideye in place of Ighalo, Daniel Akpeyi for Carl Ikeme and Kenneth Omeruo for Leon Balogun, but the changes didn’t affect the fluidity of the side lads who now look forward to the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign beginning in October.

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