Super Eagles Player Ratings: How did Nigeria fare in narrow Benin victory?

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  1. Maduka Okoye
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    Maduka Okoye (7.5/10)

    Okoye was rarely troubled in the opening half but had one sketchy moment six minutes after the break when he was caught in no man’s land from a long ball — Steve Mounie nearly capitalised but narrowly missed.

    The shot-stopper remained sharp throughout to claim loose balls when necessary and made one fine stop from Mounie on the hour.

  2. Ola Aina, Nigeria
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    Ola Aina (5.5/10)

    Had little to do, especially defensively, and was the less threatening Nigeria full-back.

  3. William Troost-Ekong - Nigeria
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    William Troost-Ekong (6/10)

    Like Balogun, the Watford central defender was untroubled for the majority of the game, although Mounie nearly capitalised on his indecision from a long ball six minutes after half-time.

    He did try to be ambitious in possession from time to time.

  4. Nigeria v. Argentina - Leon Balogun
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    Leon Balogun (6/10)

    The centre-back was mostly idle in the opening half given Benin’s approach and inability to sustain attacks.

    While Balogun had more to do following the interval, the Rangers defender was seldom found wanting.

     

  5. Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto
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    Zaidu Sanusi (6.5/10)

    By his standards, the FC Porto left-back was quiet going forward.

    Still, Sanusi was unlucky to not assist just before half-time when his brilliant run and equally perfect cross to Henry Onyekuru was stopped by Saturnin Allagbe.

    Mostly kept Jodel Dossou quiet and prevented a first-half Benin counter.

  6. Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria
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    Wilfred Ndidi (6.5/10)

    Often found himself isolated in the middle of the park but held his own owing to the home side’s ineffectiveness in midfield and attack.

  7. Nigeria's Joe Aribo vs Lesotho
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    Joe Aribo (5/10)

    Barely got involved and continues to underwhelm in a two-man midfield under Gernot Rohr.

  8. Burundi's midfielder Gael Bigirimana (R) marks Nigeria's forward Samuel Chukwueze during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
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    Samuel Chukwueze (5.5/10)

    Improved after half-time.

    Missed a gilt-edged chance two minutes into the second half and, despite creating a couple of chances from set-pieces, was quiet in open play.

     

  9. Henry Onyekuru - Algeria vs Nigeria
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    Henry Onyekuru (6/10)

    Got a rare Nigeria start with Alex Iwobi absent and thrived in the opening half before fading after half-time.

    Created openings with his runs, set up Kelechi Iheanacho midway through the first half and had the Super Eagles’ best chance before the interval, but was denied by Allagbe.

  10. Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 2018
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    ​Kelechi Iheanacho (6/10)

    Was ambitious with his shooting early on and stung the palm of Allagbe with a powerful effort.

    The in-form Leicester City forward dropped off in the second half and was replaced by Paul Onuachu.

  11. Victor Osimhen - Nigeria vs Benin
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    Victor Osimhen (6.5/10)

    Nigeria’s top forward returned to the side and grew into the game.

    He was unlucky not to find the back of the net with an effort that hit the post early into the second-half before being denied late on by Allagbe.

  12. Paul Onuachu Genk 2019-20
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    Paul Onuachu (6/10)

    The much-maligned target man replaced Kelechi Iheanacho and got the winner at the death, despite being anonymous for the preceding 20 minutes.

    Anayo Iwuala (N/A)

    The Enyimba attacker replaced Henry Onyekuru with 10 minutes remaining.

  13. Chidozie Awaziem - Nigeria
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    Chidozie Awaziem (N/A)

    Awaziem came on for Ola Aina in the 83rd minute of the encounter in Porto-Novo