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Nigeria 2-2 Scotland

Substitute Uche Nwofor's late strike denied Scotland victory against Nigeria at Craven Cottage.

Charlie Mulgrew skilfully diverted James Morrison's strike into the net to give Scotland the lead before Michael Uchebo levelled with a deflected shot.

An own goal by Azubuike Egwuekwe turned the match back in the Scots' favour early in the second half.

World Cup-bound Nigeria pressed for a second equaliser and were rewarded when Nwofor fired home on the turn.

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Interview - Scotland coach Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan's men were bidding to become the first Scotland side since 1951 to win four successive away matches.

And they started brightly at the neutral venue with Ikechi Anya firing a low drive on to the post via the heel of Kunle Odunlami.

Scotland's new-look back four, which included Dundee United's Andrew Robertson making his first international start, found themselves under pressure when they conceded possession to Uchebo but Allan McGregor saved the shot.

Having narrowly escaped on that occasion, Strachan's men sought to capitalise on a set piece and duly delivered.

Shaun Maloney and Anya teed up Morrison for a low shot that was looped over goalkeeper Austin Ejide by the outside of Mulgrew's left boot.

The ball was in the Nigeria net again when Grant Hanley rose to meet another Maloney corner but English referee Lee Probert awarded a foul against the Scotland defender for his challenge on Ejide.

Nigeria gradually worked their way back into the match and Shola Ameobi, recently released by Newcastle, volleyed Ejike Uzoenyi's into the hands of McGregor.

But the Scottish keeper could do nothing when Uchebo's shot spun into the net off Hanley.

In the first of many substitutions, Derby's Chris Martin made his Scotland debut at the start of the second half as a replacement for Steven Naismith.

McGregor got down well to block an Ameobi shot and Scotland once again found themselves ahead after an important save from the Hull stopper.

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Interview - Scotland player Charlie Mulgrew

Hutton's driven cross was knocked back towards goal by Egwuekwe and Odunlami could not prevent the ball from crossing the line.

At the other end, substitutes Nosa Igiebor and Peter Odemwingie played a one-two before the former drew a save from McGregor.

Maloney then converted Hutton's low cross but was correctly flagged offside.

Chances continued to come Scotland's way and George Boyd, on for Morrison, set up Martin for a strike that Ejide blocked.

Martin's club-mate Craig Forsyth joined the fray for his Scotland debut when the impressive Robertson came off, while the introduction of Celtic's Efe Ambrose for Odunlami was Nigeria's sixth change.

Nwofor, who had replaced Ameobi, twice threatened with headers before he capitalised on some slack defending to net the final goal.

Hanley's attempted clearance ricocheted off Nnamdi Oduamadi into Nwofor's path and the Heerenveen forward drilled past McGregor from close range.

Line-ups

Nigeria

  • 16Ejide
  • 12OdunlamiSubstituted forAmbroseat 75'minutes
  • 6Egwuekwe
  • 2Yobo
  • 3Echiéjilé
  • 28Gabriel
  • 4ObiSubstituted forIgieborat 53'minutes
  • 29BabatundeSubstituted forOduamadiat 66'minutes
  • 25UcheboSubstituted forOdemwingieat 55'minutes
  • 15UzoenyiSubstituted forMosesat 61'minutes
  • 23AmeobiSubstituted forNwoforat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ambrose
  • 8Odemwingie
  • 11Moses
  • 13Oshaniwa
  • 14Oboabona
  • 20Igiebor
  • 21Agbim
  • 24Nwofor
  • 26Azeez
  • 27Oduamadi
  • 30Akpeyi

Scotland

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Hutton
  • 4Greer
  • 5Hanley
  • 3RobertsonSubstituted forForsythat 77'minutes
  • 8BrownBooked at 87mins
  • 7Mulgrew
  • 10Maloney
  • 6MorrisonSubstituted forBoydat 63'minutes
  • 11AnyaSubstituted forWhittakerat 84'minutes
  • 9NaismithSubstituted forMartinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Marshall
  • 13Whittaker
  • 14C Burke
  • 15Martin
  • 16Bannan
  • 17Berra
  • 18Griffiths
  • 19Boyd
  • 20Bryson
  • 21Gilks
  • 22McCormack
  • 23Pawlett
  • 24Reynolds
  • 25Forsyth
Referee:
Lee Probert

Match Stats

Home TeamNigeriaAway TeamScotland
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nigeria 2, Scotland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nigeria 2, Scotland 2.
Uche Nwofor (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Gordon Greer (Scotland).

Goal!

Goal! Nigeria 2, Scotland 2. Uche Nwofor (Nigeria) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nnamdi Oduamadi.
Attempt missed. Uche Nwofor (Nigeria) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie with a cross.

Booking

Scott Brown (Scotland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nnamdi Oduamadi (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Brown (Scotland).
Attempt missed. Uche Nwofor (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Victor Moses with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.
Victor Moses (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Steven Whittaker replaces Ikechi Anya.
Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nosa.
Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Scotland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by George Boyd with a cross.
Foul by Joseph Yobo (Nigeria).
Chris Martin (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Nosa (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. Craig Forsyth replaces Andrew Robertson.
Foul by Nosa (Nigeria).
Chris Martin (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Efe Ambrose replaces Kunle Odunlami because of an injury.
Delay in match Kunle Odunlami (Nigeria) because of an injury.
Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.
Offside, Scotland. Ikechi Anya tries a through ball, but Shaun Maloney is caught offside.
Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Reuben Gabriel.
Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Austin Ejide.
Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Scotland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Boyd.
Attempt missed. Reuben Gabriel (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nosa.
Victor Moses (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland).

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Nnamdi Oduamadi replaces Michel Babatunde.
Offside, Scotland. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland. George Boyd replaces James Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Uche Nwofor replaces Shola Ameobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Victor Moses replaces Ejike Uzoenyi.
Offside, Scotland. Alan Hutton tries a through ball, but Shaun Maloney is caught offside.
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