Nigeria- The Lonestar of Liberia has suffered another defeat to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
The Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice in the first half to grabbed all the three points for the hosts against Liberia to increase their record to 10 wins in 15 outings between the two West African nations.
Nigeria dominated the first half, with the trio of Aribo, Ndidi, and Iwobi dictating play from midfield. Nigeria showed more promise and created more chances in the opening period of the game.
Their early pressure paid off in the 23rd minute as a properly worked corner-kick orchestrated by Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho saw the latter strike a rocket of a shot from outside the box, which beat Ashley Williams in goal to put the Super Eagles ahead.
Despite the early goal conceded by Lonestar, they kept their head up with Kpah Sherman and the rest of the visitors attacking force before The Super Eagles were rewarded for their efforts once more in the 43rd minute, with Iheanacho scoring from inside the six-yard box to end the first half 2-0.
Coming from the recess period, Nigeria maintained her status, keeping more of the ball and ensuring solid defense while Lonestar tried to put up a fight to reduce the scoreless but it remained the same.
Nigeria and Liberia have met 15 times with the Super Eagles winning 10, Liberia winning three and they drew two.
During the 15 meetings, Nigeria scored 28 times and conceded 12 times. It’s been 21 years since Liberia last won against Nigeria while it’s been three years since Nigeria last won against Liberia.
Meanwhile, Lonestar’s next travel will be to Cameroon on Monday, September 6, 2021, to face the Central African Republic who played to a 1-1 draw against Cape Verde Island in the other Group ‘C’match on Thursday.