The Super Eagles of Nigeria fell to a third straight defeat in the hands of African Champions, Algeria, thanks to Ramy Bensebaini’s fifth-minute strike at the Worthesee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria on Friday.
Bensebaini poked home from close range after the Eagles defence failed to clear their lines from a corner kick.
Everton forward Alex Iwobi had the Eagles’ best chance in the 21st-minute with a long-range effort that went just wide.
In the 35th minute, Paul Onuachu’s flick off a cross from Zaidu Sanusi narrowly missed the target.
Benhrama and Andy Delort were at the forefront of the Desert Foxes’ onslaught, with the latter forcing a brilliant save from the impressive Maduka Okoye with a 25-yard free-kick early on.
In the second half, the Eagles failed to record a single shot on target, as the Algerians piled on the pressure.
Okoye made a smart save to deny Farid Bolaya a goal.
The 21-year-old keeper made four fantastic saves including palming away a dangerous effort at the near post to ensure the scoreline didn’t make it past 1in favour of the African Champions who were clearly the better side in the friendly tie, as the Eagles largely struggled for pace, and stability following the absence of midfield duo Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.
The defeat was the 11th the Eagles have suffered under Gernot Rohr and. It also ended their five-match unbeaten run of three wins and two draws, since they lost to Algeria in the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The Eagles had conceded three goals in their previous two games.
Gernot Rohr’s men will take on Tunisia in their next international friendly on Tuesday at the Jacques Lemmans Arena.
They will be hoping to secure a win before their double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November.