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Super Eagles win 2-0, but Group C goes down the wire

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Two penalty kicks enabled the Super Eagles beat Liberia 2-0 in the Matchday 5 of the World Cup qualifiers.

But their qualification for the play-off has been delayed by the twist of event at the Stade Municipal Adérito Sena as Cape Verde came from a goal down at half time to win 2-1.

Nigeria’s win take the Super Eagles to 12 points, just two ahead of Cape Verde who are breathing down their neck.

The final group leaders will now be decided on Tuesday in Lagos when the Super Eagles host Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Cape Verde will need an outright win to upstage Nigeria who just need a draw to qualify.

Central African Republic had done Nigeria a world of good when they went ahead in the 11th minute through Isaac Ngoma.

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Shortly after that, Super Eagles also take a lead in the game with Liberia. But Cape Verde came pack gamely in the second half when they leveled up through Julio Tavares in the 51st minute.

Twenty one minute later, they got the lifeline goal through Stopira to win 2-1 and still have hope of moving into the play-off.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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