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Super Eagles beat Ghana for the first time in 18 years

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Nigeria bounced back from last month’s painful Africa Cup of Nations final defeat by edging out 10-man Ghana in a high-profile friendly contest on Friday.

Nigeria took full advantage of their numerical advantage, with substitutes Moses Simon and Ademola Lookman combining to double their lead. Lookman received a pass from Simon on the edge of the box and coolly slotted the ball past the onrushing Ati Zigi to make it 2-0.

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Ghana would, however, finish the game as a stronger side after Otto Addo ran the changes, bringing on Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and Ibrahim Osman for some attacking impetus. The Black Stars would earn an opportunity to half the deficit late in the game after being awarded a penalty, which Jordan Ayew expertly converted.

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Despite piling on pressure late on, Nigeria held to record a 2-1 victory over their West African rivals. The result also saw the Super Eagles win their first game against Ghana in 18 years, having last beaten the Black Stars at the 2006 AFCON before that.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will now turn their attention to their next assignment, which is another friendly against Mali on Tuesday, March 26. Ghana will also be aiming to return to winning ways when they take on Uganda in four days’ time.

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