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Nigeria - DR Congo live online: World Cup 2018 friendly

Follow all the action with AS English as the Super Eagles limber up for their World Cup campaign against DR Congo in Port Harcourt, kick-off at 18:00 CEST.
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Nigeria vs DR Congo live online

Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the international friendly game between Nigeria and DR Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt. Kick-off is at 18:00 CEST.

Nigeria vs DR Congo live online: latest updates

90'+7' GAME OVER!

90'+7'   Free for Nigeria and into the seventh minute of added time.

90'+5'   Into the fifth minute of added time now after loads of subs.

90'+3'   Congo ready now to make a chance. One late one.

90'+2'   Chance for Nigeria at the death but that's out for a corner.

89'   Tame end to this one. Neither side look like scoring.

85'   Into the last five minutes now and Nigeria are looking for a later winner. 

81' GOAL! Straight down the middle and Malango Ngita sends the keeper the wrong way.

81'   He pulled him down but it looked like the contact was initiated outside the box. Referee doesn't think so.

80' Penalty for Congo. Issama Mpeko is fouled by Etebo and he gets a yellow. spot kick upcoming!

79' Shehu comes on for Nigeria.

78'   Probably the closest Congo comes. Uzoho gathers again as the ball flies in his direction. 

75'   Congo corner. Uzoho gathers cleanly and hits the ground. Nigeria still good value for their lead. Congo failing to create anything really.

71'   Another change for Nigeria.

70'   Pressure was applied by Simy Nwankwo

70'   Nigeria close again. Etebo this time. Good pressure on the keeper to force an errant kick-out and he clips it over! 

68'   Nigeria go close again but have to settle for a corner. 

67' Another swap for Nigeria. Omeruo comes on. 

66'   Nigeria attack down the left. Good ball in but Congo head clear.

65'   If Uzoho was unconvincing earlier, he makes a really good save from Aofbe this time! He handled the ball in the build-up and it wouldn't have counted though.

64'   Congo want a penalty and they have a really good case! Uzoho takes out the attacker after he flicked the ball over him. Nigeria lucky.

63'   Dangerous free for Congo. Flies in and saved by Uzoho.

61'   Nigeria work it short and swing it in. So close from Balogun but that's but it's wide and he's offside anyway.

60'   another header and that's blocked again for a corner. Agu, the substitute this time.

59'   Corner comes in and simy gets a hhead to it. Keeper saves and it's turned around for another corner.

58' Jon Obi Mikel goes off for Agu.

57' We have a change here for Congo. Ngoma replaced Munganga.

55'   Nigeria attacking now and the shot comes in from Ekong. He already has one but that wasn't even on target from outside the box.

54'   they try to attack and Etebo handles the ball outside the box. Free to Congo.

53'   Free for Nigeria in midfield.

50'   M'Poku whips a corner in for Congo. Nigeria break but lose it again.

49' Couple of changes at the break Iwobi is on for Iheanacho and Elderson is replaced by Aina.

48'   Congo with a free. 

46'   We are back underway! 

45'   HALF-TIME! Nigeria take the lead through Ekong and keep it for the remainder of the half. Not sure what to make of that half and don't know what we are supposed to read from it regarding Nigeria's World Cup prep.

42'   Onazi hits the ground after taking an arm to the face from Munganga. He looks to be okay and just a little shook.

41'   M'Poku gets the ball in the box, turns and shoots with his left but that's wide.

41'   Congo strike but that's just wide!

40'   Nigeria foul. Ekong the culprit this time as Congo try to build an attack.

33'   Nigeria attack but the ball rolls kindly to Mossi.

32'   Nigeria strike. Just off target.

30'   Congo holding their own after conceding early.

27'   Nigeria concede the corner now as run into the box is stopped and ball goes out. Nigeria with some defending to do but Francis grabs the corner after it's headed up into the air.

25'   Ogenyi with a late tackle! Congo free.

24'   Francis with the goal kick.

22'   Replay shows it wasn't offside.

22'   Long ball over the top but Congo player was offside. 

21' First yellow as elderson hits an attacker late off the field. Congo attacking again.

20'   Congo injury now and it looks like their number nine can't continue. A couple of players warming up.

18'   Nigeria try to bring the ball out but Congo win it back. Congo in possession now befor Nigeria win it back.

16' William Troost Ekong with the goal. The Buraspor player gets his first international goal!

16' GOAL! Nigeria take the lead after 15 minutes.

15'   Nigeria with their first shot on target. 

13'   Another free for Nigeria that's sent into the box and scrambled away.

12'   Congo try to bring the ball out from the back but they're struggling.

10'   Nigeria continue to put pressure on. They win another corner.

10'   Free for Nigeria now that gets put out for a corner.

3'   Simy rattles the crossbar after a nice move inside. First scare for Congo and the man auditioning for a place in the team has started very well!

Nigeria with two shots so far but neither on target. They've start better than Congo. 

1'   We are underway between Congo and Nigeria! Nigeria wearing their very unique jerseys.

But we will try to get a feel for Gernot Rohr's tactics during this game! 

If there is a group of death in the World Cup, Nigeria just might be in it. It's Iceland, Croatia and Argentina and it's really hard to tell who will win it! 

A few results from the previous meetings between today's side.

Plenty at stake for the Super Eagles' players today...

Here's the official Nigeria line-up, courtesy of our colleagues at Depor, with Riazor stopper Francis Uzoho starting between the sticks for the Super Eagles.

Gernot Rohr's side have been going through their paces ahead of the game.

The Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup in Russia as winners of Group B in the CAF region, with DR Congo narrowly missing out as runners-up to Tunisia in Group A, where The Leopards were one point adrift of The Eagles of Carthage. 

Welcome to AS English's live coverage of the international friendly between Nigeria and DR Congo in Port Harcourt.

Nigeria vs DR Congo live online: match preview

With 20 days to go before the Super Eagles make their Russia 2018 debut in Kaliningrad, coach Gernot Rohr will use tonight’s friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt as an opportunity to test fringe players as the German coach decides which men will make his final 23 man squad to make the trip to Russia.

Rohr has confirmed that both Simmy Nwankwo and Junior Lokosa will start in the front line at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium but is expected to rest the likes of Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo against a DR Congo side that travel to Nigeria missing many traditional key players such Yannick Bolasie, Cédric Bakumbu and Gaël Kakuta.

The Nigerian team has been training at their Uyo base for just under a week with a 30 man provisional squad for the tournament and Rohr is expected to only take 25 players to London for the next stage of the Super Eagles' preparation as they face England at Wembley stadium on June 2.

The German is anticipated to name his final and definitive Nigeria 23 man World Cup squad on June 3rd ahead of the final preparation friendly match against Czech Republic on June 6th.