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NIG vs CZE Match Result - International Friendlies 2018
Nigeria
0 - 1
FT
Czech Republic
25' T. Kalas
PEEP! PEEP! THAT'S IT!

The ref's seen enough, and blows just as the clock ticks over to 90. Nigeria really need to up their game -- and they need to do it immediately. 

Thanks for reading - Shambhu, Amit, and Anirudh signing off!

Toodle-ooo!
89' Nigeria look to Sarri-ball their way through the Czech's high press, but it takes a right proper lump up field from Ogu for that to happen. Musa runs onto a layoff from Iheanacho, but is caught offside. 
88' OH! Another attack, another chance for the Czechs -- Boril romps down the right flank, leaving his markers for dead, before lifting in a neat little ball into the box that Troost-Ekong does just enough to tip away from the onrushing Kopic
87'... much better that from the young man, but Kalas does brilliantly to head it away from danger under considerable pressure. The Czech has been immense today
86' Iheanacho tries to do his bit with a set-piece, but he can't clear the first man. Iwobi recovers possession, though, and wins a freekick at the left-edge of the box. Iheanacho will deliver again...
85' Nigeria need to improve massively  - show some more passion, allow some of that famous skill to come out - if they are to have even a whiff of a chance at what promises to be the toughest World Cup in ages
84' Balagon is like "i don't want no charity, eh" and kicks it right out of play. The level of this game could NOT be any lower
83' More beautifully simple names, Sural off, Kopic on - play resumes with the Czechs sportingly kicking the ball back. 
82' The ref stops the game for an absolute muppet who's come onto the pitch wearing a Moses jersey over a raincoat. A-grade nut. 
81' The Czechs also made a change in the midst of all that madness - Jankto off, the beautifully named Boril. See, the power of vowels
79' That corner leads to another - which requires more heroics from Francis to ensure the Czechs don't double their lead. Nigeria take the chance to make a double change - Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho on for Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel. Might as well throw the kitchen at it eh?
78' OOOOO! The corner's not cleared well enough... and the ball bounces out to Soucek at the edge of the box, he smacks one at goal -- it's well tipped away by Francis
77' A Czech attack! After what feels like ages Sural and vowel-deficient Krmencik combine down the left and win the Europeans a corner..
76' Moses takes, Kalas heads away. The corner count is a solid 10-9 in favour of the Super Eagles. 
75' That leads to another as a Jon Obi Mikel shot is blocked... from which Nigeria are forced back. They start the rebuilding process from there and Iwobi wins them yet another corner
74' It's all Nigeria at the moment as they press hard for the equaliser. A neat bout of passing in midfield ends with Ebuehi's attempted layoff being hacked away for a corner by Kalas
73' EXCITMENT FINALLY! Ebeuehi charges on to a lay-off from Moses -- who ran a good 30 yards through the midfield himelf -- and wants a penalty for a challenge inflicted on him; the ref's having none of it and deems it a freekick. Iwobi takes, and it is utter filth
71' It's all a touch scrappy here - much like watching my college (not very good at this) take on another (not very good one). 
69' Idowu off, Elderson on -- Ighalo off, Omeruo on; can they turn the tide for the Super Eagles?  For the Czechs, Schick off, Krmencik on. USE YOUR VOWELS YOU SLAVS!
67' WHAT A CHANCE WHAT A MISS. Idowu flicks one over Kalas, finds himself 1 v 1 with the keeper, but smashes it into the third tier. What a chance for Nigeria. That was tougher to miss!!
66' Double sub for the Czechs. Travnik and Horava replace Sousek and Husbauer
65' CHANCE, No offside. Ighalo thinks he is one on one v the keeper after being set through on goal by Iwobi but the dreaded flag goes up.
64' Huge cheers as Nigeria get their first shot on goal in the second half. Ighalo flicks on a Moses corner but it lands straight into the hands of the keeper who does not even have to move.
63' Moses lines up the freekick but strikes it straight at the wall and yet another chance is wasted by the Super Eagles.
63' FREEKICK for Nigeria. Moses with a brilliant drag-flick, outfoxes the Czech defence and is taken down at the edge of the box. 
61' Victor Moses goes down, but it's more from the rain than the actual challenge and the ref waves play on
60' And they are back. Biggest cheer of the game from the few tens of fans at the stadium
60' We have a 10-minute rain break. Is this a cricket match I'm watching?
60' It's absolutely pouring down here and the players are OFF. Unbelievable scenes really
59' Great build up play and Idowu is released with acres of space on the left. His cross is horribly miscued and flies into the third tier
56' TWINKLETOES. Ebuehi eases past Jugas, steps past another Czech challenge and whips a dangerous ball in but it is easily headed out by Suchy
54' It's all sideways, sideways, backwards, backwards from Nigeria who simply cannot find a way past this stubborn Czech defence.
50' CHANCE.  A dangerous ball whipped in from the right but Ighalo cannot get on the end of it even after a desperate lunge. That was a missed opportunity to be honest. Nigeria will be ruing that
49' It's all route one stuff at the moment with both teams pumping in long balls to the strikers. Just as I say that, another long ball is aimed at Jankto but he is clattered into as the balls rolls out
48' Sural wrestles Ekong to the ground and then collapses in a heap himself. Gets nothing from the referee and play continues
47' Iwobi feeds Ighalo who seems to be going backwards after receiving the ball. Takes ages to get a shot away and the keeper gets low to his right to make the save
47' A sedate start to the second half as both teams attempt to get a feel of one another
Vaclik is replaced by Pavlenka
Abdullahi is replaced by Ebuehi
Aaaaaaand we are back for the second half. Nigeria had their moments in the first period, but couldn't capitalise. Will they fare any better in the second 45? 
84'
J. Kopic
J. Šural
K. Iheanacho
J. Obi Mikel
80'
79'
J. Bořil
J. Jankto
A. Musa
V. Moses
79'
69'
M. Krmenčík
P. Schick
S. Nwankwo
O. Ighalo
69'
E. Echiejile
B. Idowu
69'
65'
M. Travnik
T. Souček
65'
T. Hořava
J. Hušbauer
46'
J. Pavlenka
T. Vaclík
T. Ebuehi
A. Shehu
46'
25'
T. Kalas
Czech Republic (3-5-2)
Karel Jarolím (Manager)
23
F. Uzoho
19
J. Ogu
5
W. Troost-Ekong
6
L. Balogun
2
B. Idowu
13
W. Ndidi
10
J. Obi Mikel
18
A. Iwobi
12
A. Shehu
9
O. Ighalo
11
V. Moses
1
T. Vaclík
26
J. Jugas
17
M. Suchý
3
T. Kalas
14
J. Jankto
7
A. Barák
15
T. Souček
10
J. Hušbauer
5
V. Coufal
19
P. Schick
21
J. Šural
Czech Republic (3-5-2)
Karel Jarolím (Manager)
Nigeria Subs
16
D. Akpeyi
15
J. Obi
20
C. Awaziem
21
T. Ebuehi
3
E. Echiejile
8
O. Etebo
1
I. Ezenwa
14
K. Iheanacho
7
A. Musa
4
K. Omeruo
17
O. Onazi
22
S. Nwankwo
Czech Republic Subs
18
J. Bořil
8
V. Darida
12
T. Hořava
97
V. Jemelka
13
J. Kopic
16
T. Koubek
11
M. Krmenčík
23
J. Pavlenka
6
J. Sýkora
20
M. Travnik
62% POSSESSION 38%
12 SHOTS 14
5 SHOTS ON GOAL 5
7 FOULS 26
10 CORNERS 11
6 OFFSIDES 1
0 YELLOW CARDS 0
0 RED CARDS 0
4 SAVES 5
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
MATCH DETAILS
Tournament International Friendlies 2018 - Friendlies 1
Stadium Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion
Match time Wed, 06 Jun 2018, 06:30 PM
Updated: Jun 06, 2018 20:24 PM | Published: Jun 06, 2018 17:55 PM
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