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Brazil 1-1 Nigeria: Samba Boys Forces Super Eagles to Draw

Rangers midfielder Joseph Aribo was a headline act as Casemiro's second-half strike helped Brazil salvage a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in an International Friendly in Singapore.
Joseph Ayodele Aribo who is playing his second international match for the Western Africans scored his second consecutive international goal for the Super Eagles after netting on debut against Ukraine.

Brazil as expected dominated in the opening minutes but were dent a huge blow following the injury to Neymar Jnr as early as the 12th minute.

Nigeria went ahead ten minutes to halftime after Joe Aribo interrupted a penetrative delivery to slot beyond Ederson from inside the area.

An intense start to the second second half put the Brazilians level, with Casemiro on hand to finish off a rebound after Marquinhos headed against the woodwork three minutes after the interval.

In the space of three minutes, the Selecao nearly doubled their advantage but Uzoho denied Jesus with a solid tip around the post.

Brazil though persisted afterwards as second half substitute Richarlison and Jesus put the West Africans in all sorts of confusion at the back. Gabriel Barbosa otherwise known as Gabigol made his senior team debut on 66 minutes in place of Firmino.

The tempo took an unexpected dip as full-time dawned, but either side still pushed for the ultimate winner with cagey build-ups.

Gabigol almost grabbed a debut goal in the final 20 minutes after organising a well-worked chance, but the Nigerians smothered clear.

It is the second consecutive draw for the Gernot Rohr tutored Eagles after September's 2-2 draw with Ukraine.

By Olamide Oyetunji

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