Despite controversial penalty, Eagles finish World Cup race with no defeat; Algeria 1-1 Nigeria


A controversial penalty given to Algeria, on Friday, led to the Super Eagles of Nigeria finishing their World Cup qualifier with 14 points from six games, winning four and drawing two.
Fans thought Super Eagles had won the match played in Constantine until the penalty forced them to a 1-1 draw against the North African country.
Nigeria took the lead in the 62nd minute, when a John Ogu curler off a poor clearance beat Algeria goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi hands down.
However, Algeria equalised rather controversially in the 87th minute from the penalty spot through Yacine Brahimi after the referee adjudged that Shehu Abdullahi tried to foul the goal-bound Algeria skipper.
The Super Eagles enjoyed more of the ball possession on a bitterly cold night in Constantine.
In the 15th minute, debutant Anthony Nwakaeme tried a shot from distance, but it was too weak to trouble the goalkeeper and moments later, the Israel-based striker failed to connect home a cross from inside the box.
In the 41st minute, Ogu was booked for a late tackle on his way to the Algeria goal.
Nwakaeme could have given Nigeria the lead in the 43rd minute when he turned sharply inside the box before firing at goal, but goalkeeper Chaouch made a smart, first-time save.
Iwobi two minutes after the restart had a good chance but he was let down by his crossing.
Moments later, the Arsenal man forced a save from the Algeria goalie with a left-footed volley.
On Tuesday, the Eagles have an international friendly against Argentina in Russia.


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