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Sand Eagles win monster game in Copa

Nigeria's Supersand Eagles started their Copa Lagos defence with a 7-6 win over Lebanon at the Eko Atlantic Beach Soccer Stadium on Friday.

It was a laboured triumph for the Nigerians as they surprisingly fell 1-3 behind in the first period.

Lebanon captain, Haitham Fattal opened score with a superb overhead kick in the third minute.

The Supersand Eagles' captain, Isiaka Olawale restored parity in the coolest of finish from the spot.

Lebanese influential forward, Fattal, proved a handful for the Africans as goalkeeper Oladapo Olalekan had to keep out one of his goal-bound efforts.

But it was Hussein Abdullah's calm finish from close range that gave Lebanon a 2-1 lead.

Just as Adamu Audu's Eagles were trying to fight back, Mohamad Halawi's bullet gave the Asians a two-goal lead.

At the other end, Lebanon goalkeeper, Mohamad Choukor ensured that his team took a two-goal lead into the first period with wonderful saves from efforts by Azeez Abu, Olawale and Ibenegbu.

The Supersand Eagles were dominant in the second period as Olawale swept in the ball for a Nigerian goal after Abdullah had failed to score at the other end.

Within three minutes of Olawale's goal, Ibenegbu slotted home the ball to put Nigeria level at 3-3.

Ibenegbu was on hand again for another goal as his sweet volley with his right foot via Olawale's chip put Nigeria in the lead for the first time.

It was the turn of Bridge FC man, Abu to score Nigeria's fifth and sixth goals as they ran into a 6-3 lead at the end of the second period in the space of five crazy minutes.

But the Nigerians were caught off guard as the Lebanese fought back in the third period with goals from Mohamad Merih, Mohamad Matar and Halawi to tie the game at 6-6 with over a minute left.

However, Karimi Moghaddam's men got a heart-breaker at the death when Victor Tale converted from the spot to save Nigeria the trouble of an upset.


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