Nigeria have become the latest nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after a 1-0 win over Zambia but the build-up to their winning goal involved five players and 13 passes.
It all started with Nigeria captain Mikel John Obi stroking the ball to Abdullahi Shehu who bombed out of his right-back role. Shehu then passed to Alex Iwobi who took just a touch to Mikel and the Nigerian captain returned the favour to the Arsenal man who was playing in the hole.
Iwobi slipped a fast-paced pass to Odion Ighalo, closely watched by his marker and the striker’s flick fortuituously fell for Chelsea winger Victor Moses who decided to switch flanks in the build-up to the goal.
Moses touched the ball to Mikel who knocked it down to Shehu who decided to remain in an offensive position. Shehu placed the ball to Moses with the Zambians doing enough to cover every blade of the grass.
The Chelsea man then decided to run at the Zambian defence but ran into traffic with ball beyond his marker, Shehu ran in and whipped in a delightful low cross for an unmarked Iwobi to side-foot past Kennedy Mweene who appeared on-sighted in a crowded box for the winner.
It was a goal that required the combination of players based in China, Cyprus and England to unlock a gritty Chipolopolo of Zambia.
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