Nigeria, Mexico settle for another draw

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Mexico and Nigeria played out an evenly-matched 0-0 draw in front of a record crowd in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil warm-up match.

Both sides started the match tentatively as Nigeria’s backline, consisting of Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo and Elderson Echiejile, were able to keep Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Oribe Peralta at bay.

For Nigeria’s attack, Liverpool’s Victor Moses and Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike looked like the most likely sources of goals for the Super Eagles.

Moses had a penalty appeal denied in the 8th minute, while three minutes later, Emenike broke through inside Mexico’s penalty area only for Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to save.

Nigeria and Mexico have drawn their last two meetings.

The two teams had chances to get on the scoreboard but thanks to outstanding play from Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and Nigeria shot-stoppers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, the friendly ended in a draw.

Mexico had the last significant chance of the match in the 73rd minute when substitute Raul Jimenez failed to react in time to a driven cross from the left flank, resulting in a Nigerian goal kick.

There were debuts for Michael Uchebo, Ramon Azeez, Imoh Ezekiel and Leon Balogun, the last-minute replacement for injured skipper Joseph Yobo in front of a record crowd of 68,220 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Super Eagles Team vs Mexico

Vincent Enyeama (Ejide 46) – Elderson, Efe Ambrose (Leon Balogun 46)(Azubuike Egwuekwe 66), Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo – Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel, Ahmed Musa – Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Michael Uchebo (Ramon Azeez 46)

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