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Shola plays defensive role in Nigeria win

Shola was a late sub, and helped Nigeria see it through.

Here's hoping the editor tool puts some pics of Shola from the World Cup soon.
Here's hoping the editor tool puts some pics of Shola from the World Cup soon.
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Shola Amobi came on in the 65th minute in Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina and helped the Super Eagles pick up a vital three points in their quest to qualify for the knock out stages.

Shola didn't factor into the match all that much, Nigeria using him in a fairly defensive role. His size was an asset in the box with Bosnia making crosses late. He had a successful clearance late in the match to help preserve the clean sheet. Here's his player chart, via FourFourTwo:

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Shola was 12 of 13 passing.

The game was plenty controversial, with Bosnia scoring a wrongfully disallowed goal and Nigeria scoring when maybe they shouldn't. That happened prior to Shola's arrival on the pitch.

The win means Nigeria is ever closer to securing a place in the knockout stages. With four points, they are second in the group, with Bosnia eliminated. Iran has one point and would need a win over Bosnia to tie. Meanwhile, what has been a fairly defensively stout Nigeria will take on a less than impressive Argentina.