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Nigeria Defeat Venezuela At Marlins Park

By Simplyfutb01 @simplyjuan11

Stephan Keshi as well as assistant Daniel Amokachi always talked about the need to continue to play an attacking style that made Nigeria one of the top footballing nations in Africa. “When I was playing we always played an attacking style,” said Super Eagles coach Stephan Keshi. “Playing a team like Venezuela will give me more ideas and knowledge as to what we have to do.”

His team did not disappoint in a 3-1 win over Venezuela at a narrow pitch at Marlins Park where 13,767 were in attendance.

Overall there was a great deal of dynamic on display on both sides, but the Nigerians made a great amount of difference on the wings over a Vinotinto that came to Miami with their A-side and also were introducing some new players to the national team pool.

Dynamo Kiev’s Brown Ideye, Real Betis’ Nosa Igiebor and Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi scored for Nigeria en route to victory. There were also many debutants such as Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi as well as Portland Timbers man Bright Dike.

With many players that weren’t accustomed to each other, the squad had some issues early on allowing Venezuela to dominate possession as well as take advantage of the Nigerian imprecisions. Nigeria would start to impose some pressure on the goal defended by Dani Hernández as shots by Obafemi Martins would end up wide or parried away by the Valladolid goalkeeper and the first half would end up scoreless.

The second half saw Nigeria more aggressive and their play along the wings, especially on the right, would start to pay dividends. Nigeria’s overlapping on that sector allowed for there to be space that would eventually lead to the first goal of the encounter. Salomon Kwabe was vital down the right as his low cross into the area led to Brown Ideye’s first goal with the national team just two minutes after the restart.

That goal gave Nigeria some great momentum and were able to capitalize on it until just six minutes later with a shot that was taken from about 35 meters by Igiebor Nosa that caught Dani Hernández off his line and Nigeria were cruising at that point with a commanding 2-0 lead and silencing the crowd at Marlins Park.

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