Nigeria & Mexico draw blanks in World Cup rehearsal

Nigeria and Mexico’s goalkeepers provided a master class in front of a record crowd as both sides ended their Brazil 2014 World cup preparation matches with a 0-0 score at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, USA.

Playing in the city of Nigeria’s 1996 Olympic football glory And in front of over 60,000 loud cheering fans, the Super Eagles gave earlier indication of what to expect with powerful striker, Emmanuel Emenike hitting his stride early on, only to be denied by Mexico’s goalkeeper, Ochoa at his near post.

After Nigeria failed to make dominance count, Vincent Enyeama soon took over the responsibility of keeping Nigeria in the game with Two point blank saves, including a magnificent one handed save from a Rafa Marquez header in the box.

Both goalkeepers showed quality to keep the game goalless as the first half fades off.

On resumption of the second half, Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi made three changes that included goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama going off for Austin Ejide and also debut appearances for Ramon Azeez of Almeria UD, Spain and Leon Balogun, who  had a short debut after he picked up a knock barely 15 minutes into his introduction.

Austin Ejide, was soon called to duty and he obliged with a low post save to his right to continue the goalkeeping master class in the match.

Poor final third decisions and robbed both teams of getting the goal that will make the difference as both sided settled for a third draw in four match-ups between both countries.


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