Joeys beat Nigeria for the first time

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Despite facing over 30 shots, the Joeys have created history by holding on for an incredible 2-1 win over Nigeria.

It was the first time the young Australian side has ever beaten their African counterparts in the seven times they have faced off.

It was the Nigerians who started the stronger of the two sides, but the Joeys held strong to keep them out.

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Despite the early pressure, the Joeys took the lead against the run of play. Tristan Hammond burst into the box and cut a ball back to an unmarked Noah Botic to tap it home and give Australia an early 1-0 lead.

The Joeys eventually conceded to Nigeria’s pressure, with Peter Olawale levelling the scores. Managing to stay onside Olawale turned in the box to smash home the equaliser into the bottom left corner past the outstretched Adam Pavlesic.

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The game opened up as both sides traded blows. Cameron Peupion shot from the edge of the area, but his effort sailed over. While Ibrahim Sa’id flashed his shot from the edge just to the right of the goal.

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Neither side was able to take the lead as they went into the break locked at one-all.

It was Nigeria who had the brighter start again, coming close on multiple occasions in the opening minutes of the half.

But it was a similar story to the first half. The Joeys would again take the lead against the run of play with Botic again giving them the lead. This time from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.

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The Nigerians would ramp up the pressure but could not convert their chances as they sent their shots just wide of the goal.

Facing incredible amounts of pressure, some top-class defending and equally good goalkeeping saw the Joeys hold on for a thrilling 2-1 win over the Nigerians.

The Joeys will have to wait for other results to know if they will go through to the knockout stages.

Feature Image Credit: Football Federation Australia

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