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Nigeria hold Italy to draw in friendly

AFRICAN FLAIR:The move that led to Nigeria’s brilliant second goal by Shola Ameobi underlined the African champions’ fondness for producing magical touches

Reuters, LONDON

Di Maria’s headed pass into the box led to the first goal, with Begovic fouling Palacio as he went for the ball and Aguero following through to steer it into the net between two defenders five minutes before halftime.

“It was important to finish the year well, playing like this, and that we didn’t concede goals in either match,” Aguero told broadcasters TyC Sports.

The striker, lucky that the referee missed his kick in retaliation for a dangerous challenge in the 56th minute, found the net 10 minutes later with a left-footed volley from the left after a fine pass from deep in midfield by Maxi Rodriguez.

Substitute Erik Lamela, on for Di Maria, had two good chances in the dying minutes while Dzeko, kept in check for most of the match, had a stinging shot beaten away by Romero.

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