Eagles earn draw

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Nwafor grabs the equaliser

A 90th minute strike from Uche Nwofor allowed Nigeria to draw 2-2 with Scotland in a friendly international match in London on Wednesday.

In the match at Fulham’s home ground that had been the subject of allegations of attempted match-fixing, Nwofor drilled the equalizer from close range following some slack Scottish defending.

Scotland had taken the lead in the 9th minute after a shot from midfielder James Morrison was flicked over the Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide by defender Charlie McGrew.

Scotland then appeared to have doubled its lead in the 32nd minute but the firm-headed goal from Grant Hanley was disallowed for a foul on Ejide.

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Ameobi goes for the ball

Following that let-off, Nigeria started to enjoy more possession and engineered a few chances. The equalizer came in the 41st minute, when forward Michael Uchebo strode forward and his shot took a big deflection off Hanley to deceive the Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Scotland reclaimed the lead in 52nd minute after defender Azubuike Egwuekwe put past his own goalkeeper from close range following a cross across the penalty area from Alan Hutton.

Scotland then had another goal disallowed in the 61st minute when forward Shaun Maloney was adjudged to have strayed offside before slotting another Hutton cross into the net.

The buildup to the game was dominated by the alleged match-fixing. On Tuesday, The Scottish Football Federation said it was in contact with “relevant authorities” following the allegations. The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that officers from the National Crime Agency were investigating attempts to fix Wednesday’s match.

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Nigeria now takes its World Cup preparations to the United States where it will meet fellow qualifiers Greece and the U.S. Nigeria, the current Africa Cup of Nations champion, is in Group F alongside Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iran. It begins its campaign in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba against Iran . Nigeria now has not lost a game since january. Kudos Eagles

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