Chelsea players have been in good form for their countries while on international duty. After celebrating Gary Cahill’s goal against Scotland, Chelsea duo Victor Moses and Mikel Obi have taken Chelsea’s good form to national duty.
Nigeria needed to win against Algeria to extend their lead on the table, in order to ensure a smooth qualification for the World Cup.
Victor Moses opened the lead for Nigeria in the 25th minute, and Mikel Obi was also involved in the buildup to the goal. Just three minutes before halftime, Nigeria’s captain Mikel Obi made it two for Nigeria, after he was left onside by Algeria’s left-back. With everyone thinking he was offside, Mikel had just the goalkeeper to beat, and he did that calmly.
The second half was difficult for the Super Eagles, as the Algerians came out threatening from the blast of the referee’s whistle. Nabil Bentaleb scored for Algeria, with an audacious long range effort that beat the Nigeria’s goalkeeper in the 67th minute, and it was game on.
Mikel who’s yet to play for Chelsea this season had a good game for the Super Eagles today, dictating play in midfield, but got tired as the game drew near its end. He was substituted in the 82nd minute, and the fans duly acknowledged what they had seen from the captain.
Algeria continued to dominate and press for an equaliser, but it was the in-form Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses who extended Nigeria’s lead in the 92nd minute.
Nigeria top the group that also includes Cameroon and Zambia, after winning their first two games of the qualifying campaign.