13 October 2019 15:04
Casemiro's second-half strike helped Brazil salvage a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in an International Friendly in Singapore. Roberto Firmino led Brazil's attack with Phillipe Coutinho dropped to the bench. Francis Uzoho returned to the sticks for Nigeria after playing second fiddle to Daniel Akpeyi at the Africa Cup of Nations. Coutinho however soon found himself back on the field within 12 minutes to be precise after Neymar pulled a hamstring. Jesus almost haunted the Nigerians with 26 minutes played after getting onto a fine supply from Casemiro to head at Uzoho who answered emphatically.
However, 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. Neverthless, a draw was how the game ended in a sweltering Singapore evening, as both nations conclude their International assignments.