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International Friendly: Nigeria vs Serbia – Lineups, Preview and Predication

20:00 GMT, Tuesday 27th March, The Hive Stadium (London, England)

Two of the World Cup outsiders bring their tournament preparations to North London as Nigeria and Serbia clash, with Serbia looking to regain some pride after losing to Morocco last week.

Nigeria will be looking to build on the shock victory over Poland, which will be a huge confidence boost for the Super Eagles.

With Nigeria facing Croatia in Group D of the World Cup in Russia, there is a sort of logic behind this fixture. Whether or not it makes any meaningful difference remains to be seen but, either way, this will offer both sides a good test going into the summer.

Last Time Out

Serbia 1-2 Morocco (International Friendly)

Serbia will be disappointed after they failed to get a result in a tense match with Morocco. The home side, who had only lost once in their previous ten games before the fall to Morocco, will need to see a vast improvement before June as they have one of the tougher groups, consisting of Costa Rica, Switzerland and most worryingly, Brazil.

Serbia fell behind in the 27th minute after Dusan Basta was alleged to have fouled Nordin Amrabat in the box, which gave Hakim Ziyech the chance to convert from the spot, which he did convincingly.

The Eagles weren’t behind for long, though. Some nice build-up play eventually culminating in Adem Ljajic sliding a wonderful ball into the path of Dusan Tadic, and the Southampton forward cooling slotted the ball past the keeper to bring Serbia on level terms just ten minutes later.

They would fail to hold the lead for long, though. Just three minutes after equalising Serbia were behind once more, a beautiful cross by Hakim Ziyech found Khalid Boutaib unmarked in the box, who nodded in from close range.

Serbia weren’t able to get back into the game in the second half and suffered their first friendly defeat since 2016.

Poland 0-1 Nigeria (International Friendly)

Nigeria will have a huge confidence boost coming into this friendly after defeating one of the best sides in Europe last week. The Super Eagles were able to overcome Poland at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw and claim the victory in the first ever match between the two sides.

Nigeria were fortunate not to go behind in the opening ten minutes when Poland captain Robert Lewandowski struck the post after the cross from Rafal Kurzawa evaded all defenders and found the Munich man in the box.

However, in the 60th minute, Victor Moses won a penalty after allegedly being tripped by Marcin Kaminski during a mazy run.

Replays showed that Moses was fortunate to earn the penalty rather than getting booked for what seemed a clear dive. The Chelsea wing-back converted the penalty, rolling the ball coolly into the bottom left corner.

The impressive victory means that Nigeria have now won five out of their last six matches in all competitions.

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