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NIG VS CPV: The Decision To Start Ighalo Affected Osimhen's Performance In The First Half

The "Winner-Takes-All" game between Nigeria and Cape Verde started well for the home team after Victor Osimhen scored a goal in the first minute of the game. Well, Stopira equalized for Cape Verde with a beautiful header in the 6th minute.

Photo: Victor Osimhen || Twitter

The main highlights of the game were Ighalo's return to the team, Nigeria's defensive problems, and Victor Osimhen's brilliant performance. However, this article will be talking about how Ighalo's presence on the field affected Victor Osimhen in the first half. Read how!

Despite getting an early goal in the first half, it must be stated that Osimhen would have scored more if he was the main striker. Before this game, Victor Osimhen was Nigeria's focal point, but he had to take another role to accommodate Odion Ighalo.

Photo: Victor Osimhen || Twitter

Note that throughout the first half, Osimhen was always drifting to the flanks and creating chances for Odion Ighalo. Because of the lack of chemistry between Ighalo and Osimhen, the Napoli striker was the one creating chances in the first half. Osimhen could have gotten more goals in the first half, but he never got many chances.

Photo: Victor Osimhen || Twitter

On the other hand, Kelechi Iheanacho, who has a good partnership with Victor Osimhen, was benched, and this gap was not filled by another player. For this reason, Victor Osimhen had to drop deep instead of staying inside the box.

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