Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeated the Lone Stars of Liberia 2-0 on Friday in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier courtesy of a brace from Kelechi Iheanacho.
The striker scored twice in the first half to seal the win for Gernot Rohr’s side at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
Iheanacho put the Eagles ahead on 22 minutes with a sizzling drive from the edge of the penalty area following a short corner kick and quick interchange of passes between him and Alex Iwobi.
Iwobi was also the provider for Iheanacho’s second in the 45th minute of the game.
A long throw from the left by Jamilu Collins was met by a headed flick-on by Iwobi which fell onto the path of Iheanacho.
The Leicester City forward still had a lot of work to do as he delightfully cushioned the dropping ball with his left foot before calmly slotting into the back of the net with his right foot to give the former African champions a comfortable lead heading into the break.
The second half was much like the first with the Super Eagles controlling possession and dictating the pace of the game.
The only difference though was the absence of more goals as Nigeria got off to a good start in the qualifiers with a win in front of their home fans.
The win put the Super Eagles top of Group C, and ahead of the duo of Cape Verde and Central Africa Republic who played out to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.
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