Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles have shocked hosts Poland 1-0.
A penalty courtesy of a hard tackle on Victor Moses gave Nigeria the winning goal of the match in the Grade A friendly against Poland on Friday.
It was a game of few worked out chances as the Polish only threatened on set-piece, while the Super Eagles laboured in vain to break down their host.
It was always going to be an uphill task against Poland at their own 43, 000-capacity Stadion Miejski in Wrocław and with an in-form Robert Lewandowski.
If the Super Eagles were fazed, there didn’t show it at all as they started right off the block, pressing their host and playing with vim and vigour in the early minutes.
Alex Iwobi was very brightly showing fine footwork before sliding a pass to Kelechi Iheanacho who blazed over.
Nigeria pushed back Poland in the early minutes and Odion Ighalo was caught offside two in the first three minutes as the Super Eagles pressed.
But the Super Eagles were first reminded of the danger that Lewandowski posed when a pass from the right which evaded the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ pairing of William Troost -Ekong and Leon Balogun was met by the Bayern Munich striker.
He peeled away Balogun but his striker hit the post past the diving Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.
Poland came all out in the second half but the Super Eagles defended firmly. It was however long that Lewandowski beat the defenders but his shot was blocked by Uzoho.
In the 61st minutes, Moses beat a Polish player in the box before going down.
Replays showed that he was barely touched but he picked himself up to calmly finish past Bartosz Bialkowski to put Nigeria in the lead.