Debutant Joe Aribo and striker Victor Osimhen both scored in the first half as the Super Eagles of Nigeria got a 2-2 draw against Ukraine in Dnipro. 

Aribo scored as early as the third minute before Osimhen got his first Super Eagles goal in the 34th minute from the penalty spot. 

Nigeria went into halftime with a 2-0 lead after a dominant first but could not keep the lead which they surrendered in the second half. 

In a game of two halves, the Ukrainians dominated the Super Eagles and got came back to draw the game 2-2. 

Dream debut

Super Eagles boss gave newly called up Aribo a start in his first game for Nigeria and the Rangers midfielder had a dream debut with a fourth-minute goal. 

It was, however, the fine combination of Samuel Kalu and Alex Iwobi that created the goal for the Super Eagles. Kalu started the move, dribbling past a couple of defenders before a shot pass to Iwobi whose cutback found Aribo to finish for Nigeria’s goal. 

The Super Eagles took control of the game and should have doubled their lead three minutes later. Osimhen beat his marker with a swift turn close to the centre circle and played in Samuel Chukwueze who was free on goal but the effort of the Villarreal man was saved by the goalkeeper. 

Ukraine got past the Super Eagles defence in the 11th minute but goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was quick off his line to stop Júnior Moraes from getting on a pass. 

The Super Eagles were more dangerous on the counter-attack and in the 22nd minute, Iwobi played a delicate cross to Aribo whose header was tipped over by the Ukrainian goalkeeper. 

In the 32nd minute, the Super Eagles got a penalty after Kalu was fouled in the Ukrainian box. Osimhen stepped up to convert the penalty for his first Super Eagles goal. 

Just before halftime, Ukraine got a chance but Uzoho got his hands on a goal-bound effort to save. 

The momentum shifted to the Ukrainians in the second half although the Super Eagles remained dangerous on the counter-attack. 

Osimhen was torn in the flesh of the Ukrainian defence and in the 47th minute, he won the ball just outside the area and passed to Iwobi who could not direct his shot on target with the goalkeeper out of position. 

Victor Osimhen scored Nigeria's second goal from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw (Instagram/Victor Osimhen)
Victor Osimhen scored Nigeria's second goal from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw (Instagram/Victor Osimhen)
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The Yellow-Blue of Ukraine grew stronger as the second half wore on and the Super Eagles kept retreating to protect their lead. 

With Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko in the thick of things, Ukraine piled the press on the Super Eagles and in the 78th minute, they pulled a goal back. 

Zinchenko picked up a pass in the Nigerian area and drove past Anderson Esiti before curling his effort past Uzoho for Ukraine’s first goal. 

Ukraine fought back in the secodn half to force a 2-2 draw (Twitter/ffukraine)
Ukraine fought back in the secodn half to force a 2-2 draw (Twitter/ffukraine)
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Andriy Shevchenko’s men completed their comeback less than a minute later through Roman Yaremchuk. 

Uzoho had done well to quickly rush off his line to clear a pass to Yaremchuk in the Super Eagles box but the ball struck the Ukrainian forward’s arm and rolled into the net.

The referee initially ruled out the goal for handball but later allowed it after consulting with his linesman who made the wrong decision. 

2-2 it ended in a game of two halves at the Dnipro Arena.