Soccer, and Nigeria have lost all chance of qualifying for the World Cup, after losing 1-0 to Tunisia in Lagos last Saturday (12 November).
GV EXTERIOR: National Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria.
GV: PLAY: Nigeria in all-white kick off and pass back to goalkeeper.
GV: Nigeria take free kick and nearly score
GV: Second half: Nigeria attack, and Tunisia counter
GV: Tunisia attack, pass from right wing across goal, headed in by Nigerian defender, Godwin Odiye.
GV: Tunisia attack, Nigeria take possession, and attack.
GV: END OF MATCH: Odiye lying prostrate on ground, other players congratulate each other. (2 shots)
The only two remaining fixtures in the African Group are: 25 November, Egypt versus Tunisia in Egypt, and 11 December, Tunisia versus Egypt in Tunisia. Nigeria and Tunisia at present have three points each, and Egypt has two points. With four more points at stake from the two matches still to be played, either Egypt or Tunisia will end up with more points than Nigeria, and go forward to represent the African group in the next stage of the World Cup.
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Background: Soccer, and Nigeria have lost all chance of qualifying for the World Cup, after losing 1-0 to Tunisia in Lagos last Saturday (12 November). The Nigerians went down after scoring an own goal.
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of over 70,000 had gathered at the National Stadium in Lagos for the big match. The home team, in the all-white strip, started rather slowly, and it took a few minutes for the game to come alive. But the pace increased, with both sides making dangerous forays towards their opponents' goal. The home side were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions, but, particularly in the second half, the visitors from Tunisia were the better tacticians, and controlled most of the play.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Tunisians were pressing forward, and a long pass across from the right wing was accidentally headed in by Nigerian defender Godwin Odiye.
From then on, the Tunisians had it mostly their own way, although the home team did mount an occasional clever counter attack. But for Nigeria, it was the end of their World Cup hopes. Tunisia has still to play Egypt, both at home and away, and the results are certain to put either Tunisia or Egypt ahead of Nigeria in the Africa group.
At the end of the match, there was no doubt Odiye blamed himself for his team's defeat, and he flung himself down on the ground weeping. But for the other players, there were good-natured congratulations.