The Super Eagles of Nigeria were defeated 2-1 by the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a friendly match on Tuesday.

Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.

The team then took the lead in the 8th minute after a ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth and the FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.

The home side almost replied immediately after Sanusi headed waywardly, setting Youcef Bilaili on goal.

It could have been two nil in the 28th minute after Mustapha Zengha spilled Iheanacho’s shot in the path of Moffi, who teed up Lookman, but the latter was ruled offside after putting the ball into the net.

The persistence of Algeria paid off in the 40th minute as Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.

Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple passed set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.

The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.

Nigeria will next play Portugal in an international friendly billed for November 17.


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