Brazil vs Nigeria: 5 things we learnt from the international friendly

Brazil vs Nigeria: 5 things we learnt from the international friendly

Brazil vs Nigeria was a match the young Super Eagles side needed to prove their mettle against a word class team.

One would have expected the result will swing in favour of the Samba Boys but a spirited performance from the three-time African champions gave Brazil a run for their money.

In the context of Nigerians, forcing the five-time world champions to a draw was a decent result but the other way round, it was a disappointing outcome for Tite's men.

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Here are five things we learnt from the entertaining Brazil vs Nigeria game

1. The Nigerian side played with their hearts

The Super Eagles did not show sign of panic in the way they played when they came up against the best set of players in the world.

Though the team started slowly but when it was time to attack there was confidence going forward and the same with the organization in defence.

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The back-four including the goalkeeper showed strength and composure when the Brazilians displayed their trickery in the final third.

2. Gernot Rohr's side created chances

The few chances the Super Eagles created in the match showed the team did not only come to defended against the Selecao, but forced some brilliant saves from Ederson and pressured their opponents in making mistakes at the back.

Victor Osimhen out-muscled Thiago Silva as Ederson went to ground to save his left-foot shot and Joe Aribo's goal was a pure class with the way he danced through the Brazilian defence.

3. Etebo's absence was visible in the midfield

Being a box-to-box midfielder, Aribo would even done more harm to the Brazilians going forward but he was forced to pair with Wilfred Ndidi in the defensive midfield position.

The Rangers midfielder did not have the luxury of going forward at will but he showed what he was capable of doing with his well taken goal from a Moses Simon's assist.

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The presence of Oghenekaro Etebo would have provided enough cover and given Iwobi and Aribo to breakaway in build ups to counter attacks.

4. Supremacy of the Brazilians in the second half

The South American champions came all out in the second half to test the Nigerian resolve at the back. They changed tactics in delivering corners and added more men in the attack.

The Super Eagles defended in numbers and Francis Uzoho was brilliant in just conceding one out of the many chances Tite's side threw at them.

Rohr's side were second best in all departments but were lucky to get away with a draw with the Brazilian side who were fired up in the second 45 minutes.

5. Poor timing and wrong substitution from Rohr

Ramon Azeez should have been brought on for Iwobi to free up space for Aribo joining the attack, while Peter Olayinka coming in for Samuel Chukwueze two minutes to the end of the game had little or nothing to do the few times he touched the ball.

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Bonaventure Dennis who came in for Simon should have been brought into the middle of the attack for Osimhen in a like-for-like substitution would have done better than the lanky Paul Onuachu.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Brazil vs Nigeria saw Paris Saint-Germian striker Neymar limped off after just 12 minutes played in the match.

The 27-year-old was substituted for Philippe Coutinho after he signaled to the bench to be brought off.

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