FOOTBALL TONIGHT: Eagles Vs Italian Team
Africa champions Nigeria are set to close out a phenomenal 2013 with a clash against Italy to be held today at Craven Cottage.
Both Nigeria and Italy have secured their place at next year’s FIFA World Cup, while this match is offering them a chance to set the tone for next year.The respective mangers will be free to work with their line-ups in London as they begin preparations for Brazil.
While Nigeria will have to think of the replacement for Godfrey Oboabona, Italy will need to cover for Andrea Barzagli,as these players were recently injured and couldn't make it for the upcoming match.
The victorious Super Eagles were unbeaten in all eight matches of their World Cup qualifying campaign. They topped Group F to set up a contest against Ethiopia in the mandatory playoffs.
The West Africans won with a 4-1 aggregate score, after beating Ethiopia 2-1 away in the first leg and 2-0 in the return leg played on home-soil on Saturday.
Victor Moses and Victor Obinna demonstrated prolific performance by shooting great goals.
While Nigeria played their CAF play-off, the Azzurri tested themselves against Germany at the San Siro.
AC Milan right-back Ignazio Abate cancelled Mats Hummels’ goal to secure a 1-1 draw and maintain Italy’s record of having not lost to the Germans since 1995.
Cesare Prandelli’s charges were convincing in their qualifying campaign, also going unbeaten to top Group B four points ahead of Denmark.