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BRAZIL 2014: NIGERIA HOLDS SCOTLAND IN LONDON

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Uche Nwofor’s late strike denied Scotland victory against Nigeria at Craven Cottage.

Charlie Mulgrew skilfully diverted James Morrison’s shot into the net to give Scotland the lead but Michael Uchebo’s deflected shot levelled.

An own goal by Azubuike Egwuekwe turned the match back in the Scots’ favour early in the second half.

World Cup-bound Nigeria pressed for a second equaliser and were rewarded when Nwofor fired home on the turn.

It was the Scots who threatened first at the neutral venue when Ikechi Anya fired a low drive on to the post via the heel of Kunle Odunlami, reports the BBC.

Scotland’s new look back four, which included Dundee United’s Andrew Robertson making his first international start, found themselves under pressure when they conceded possession to Uchebo but Allan McGregor was equal to the eventual shot.

Having narrowly escaped on that occasion, Strachan’s men sought to capitalise on a set piece and duly delivered.

Shaun Maloney and Anya teed up Morrison for a low shot that was looped over goalkeeper Austin Ejide by the outside of Mulgrew’s left boot.

The ball was in the Nigeria goal again after Grant Hanley rose to meet another Maloney corner but English referee Lee Probert awarded a foul against the Scotland defender for his challenge on Ejide.

Nigeria gradually worked their way back into the match and Shola Ameobi, recently released by Newcastle, volleyed Ejike Uzoenyi’s into the hands of McGregor.

But the Scottish keeper could do nothing when Uchebo’s shot spun into the net off Hanley.

In the first of many substitutions, Derby’s Chris Martin made his international debut at the start of the second half as a replacement for Steven Naismith.

McGregor got down to block an Ameobi shot and Scotland once again found themselves ahead after an important save from the Hull stopper.

Hutton’s driven cross was knocked back towards goal by Egwuekwe and Odunlami could not prevent the ball crossing the line.

Substitutes Nosa Igiebor and Peter Odemwingie played a one-two before the former drew a save from McGregor.

Maloney then converted Hutton’s low cross but was correctly flagged offside.

Chances continued to come Scotland’s way and George Boyd, on for Morrison, set up Martin for a strike that Ejide blocked.

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