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Mali’s Surprise Victory Over Nigeria Disappoints Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers.

Mali's Surprise Victory Over Nigeria Disappoints Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Toure puts Mali ahead after 18 minutes
  • Nigeria struggle to equalize
  • Doumbia doubles the lead to secure Les Aigles’ win

    WHAT HAPPENED?

    Mali started the match with a stronger performance, controlling possession, executing precise passes and exploiting opportunities with their higher tempo and intensity. Their efforts were duly rewarded when El Bilal Toure found the back of the net after 18 minutes, giving them a deserved 1-0 lead.

    The Super Eagles began to gain more possession, yet struggled to break through Mali’s disciplined and resolute defence, as the first half ended with Mali maintaining their one-goal lead.

    As the second half commenced, the Nigerians attempted to find their rhythm, but they struggled to avoid conceding unnecessary fouls, which ate away at the clock and disrupted their momentum.

    With the final minutes ticking away, Les Aigles extended their lead, with Kamory Doumbia securing victory in the 87th minute, sealing a decisive 2-0 win over Nigeria.

THE MVP

Credit to Les Aigles for a commendable display of discipline and determination throughout the match, with their defence performing admirably.

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THE BIG LOSER

A defensive lapse by Nigeria, courtesy of Chidozie Awaziem, paved the way for Atalanta striker Toure to slot the ball past Stanley Nwabali from close range, just 18 minutes into the match.

WHAT NEXT FOR NIGERIA?

With the conclusion of the international break, the Super Eagles’ next challenge awaits them in June when they take on South Africa and Benin in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria currently occupy third position in Group C, having earned two points from two matches played.

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