Libya 2-3 Nigeria: Player Ratings Image via Super Eagles Twitter

Libya 2-3 Nigeria: Player Ratings

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It was unconvincing and shaky, but it did the trick, as Nigeria completed a qualifying double over Libya with a 3-2 win.

Odion Ighalo was once again the main man in front of goal, as his double edged us past the Mediterranean Knights in Tunisia, in a game where virtually everyone in a green shirt could have performed much better:

Francis Uzoho: His game swung one way and then the other, a couple of basic errors were made, and position-wise he was found wanting on some occasions. Did produce some really good saves on the day. (7)

Ola Aina: Started this game from the off, but like the first leg, he barely went forward. Most importantly, though, he was caught out napping on a few occasions, including for both Libyan goals. (5)

William Troost-Ekong: Not at his best at the back on the night, as, like Aina, he failed to read the threats for both of Libya's goals. (6)

Leon Balogun: Also far from his best on the night, like the entire backline. Carried the ball with usual confidence and adventure, but will have better games. (6)

Jamilu Collins: Offered little up front, and didn't do much to the back either. Perhaps playing twice in four days took his toll on the newbie, but he was found wanting on occasion. (6)

Wilfried Ndidi: Didn't do a bad job in midfield, but a player of his quality will feel he should have done much better. Was loose on the ball on some occasions, and will miss the next game after getting himself needlessly booked for dissent in stoppage time. (6)

Oghenekaro Etebo: If he was quiet in the first leg, he was next to non-existent here. Didn't quite show his guile in the middle, and barely put a foot right. Deservedly substituted. (5)

Samuel Kalu: Didn't get on the ball as much as he liked, and couldn't quite run at the defence like he usually does. Deservedly taken off as well. (6)

Alex Iwobi: His range of passing was still on show, as he continues to embrace the role of playmaker in the Eagles setup. But some of his decision-making in the final third were very much questionable. Involved in the opening goal with a well-timed pass. (7)

Ahmed Musa: A much better day at the office for the skipper than on Saturday. Was unselfish in setting up Ighalo for the opener, and showed impressive persistence in scoring the second. Faded after the break. (7)

Odion Ighalo: Followed up his treble on Saturday with a brace here, and his hold-up play was also commendable. His first goal might have been a tap-in, but his second showed his attacking prowess. (8)

Substitutes

John Ogu: Came on for Etebo, but looked nothing like his calm and assuring self in midfield, looking all over the place instead. (5)

Henry Onyekuru: His impact was minimal but he still proved lively. Very nearly found the net with a shot from a difficult angle. (6)

Semilore Ajayi: Came on deep into stoppage time, a time-wasting substitution, and had virtually no impact. N/A

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