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Osimhen nets four as Super Eagles record biggest ever win vs Sao Tome

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Victor Osimhen was the main man for the Super Eagles today as they defeated Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Agadir, Morocco.

The Napoli striker scored four goals and assisted two others to give the Super Eagles their biggest victory ever in international football.

The previous biggest win for Nigeria at senior level was recorded in 1959, a 10-1 win over Dahomey (now Benin Republic), one year before Independence.

Osimhen’s four goals were complemented with strikes from Terem Moffi, who scored twice, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Oghenekaro Etebo and Emmanuel Dennis.

Fittingly, it was the energetic Osimhen who opened the floodgates of goals, netting from Simon’s assist in the 10th minute.

The Napoli striker had the ball in the net again in the 21st minute but it was ruled out for offside. Replays however showed that the offside call was wrong and the goal should have stood.

Seven minutes later, it was 2-0 as Osimhen set up Simon from deep for the Nantes man to slot home.

The Super Eagles were carving the Sao Tome defence open at will and it was just a matter of time for more goals to be scored.

Moffi should have made it 3-0 in the 36th minute when he was one on one with the Sao Tome goalkeeper but the France-based forward could not sort out his feet and the opportunity went begging.

Moffi made amends two minutes before half-time, beating his marker before finishing left-footed to give Nigeria a 3-0 lead going into the break.

Despite the hot, humid conditions, the Super Eagles were relentless in the second half.

They were 4-0 up just three minutes after the restart, Osimhen heading home from inside the six-yard box from Lookman’s precise cross.

Etebo joined the party in the 55th minute, scoring from a direct free-kick taken from the edge of the Sao Tome box to make it 5-0.

Moffi got his second and Nigeria’s sixth on the hour mark, touching home from close range off Zaidu Sanusi’s low cross.

Lookman rifled home from close range four minutes later after Moffi’s chip was pushed to his path, making it 7-0.

Osimhen then completed his hat-trick and made it 8-0 the next minute, slotting the ball under the Sao Tome keeper after being played through.

The Super Eagles did not add the next goal until the 84th minute, when man of the match Osimhen scooped the ball over the Sao Tome keeper after a through ball from substitute Ahmed Musa.

It was 9-0 but there was time for the historic goal. Substitute Dennis was brought down in the Sao Tome box and the Watford forward dusted himself up to score from the penalty spot to complete the stunning victory.

SUPER EAGLES STARTING XI

Francis Uzoho; Ola Aina, Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Zaidu Sanusi; Oghenekaro Etebo, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman; Terem Moffi, Victor Osimhen.

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