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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Ogbeche spares Nigeria blushes
Ogbeche battles with Yasuhiro Hato
Ogbeche (left) scored two goals on Wednesday
Yokohama F-Marinos 2-2 Nigeria

Nigeria were saved from a shock defeat in their preparations for the World Cup by two goals from teenage striker Bartholomew Ogbeche on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles scraped a draw with Japanese club side Yokohama F-Marinos after going behind twice in the match.

Yokohama took the lead on 35 minutes when Daisuke Sakata beat the Nigerian offside trap and fired a stinging shot into the top right hand corner.

Nigeria were only behind for three minutes, though, as Pius Ikedia shook off the Japanese defenders to set up Ogbeche.

Although the Super Eagles tried to assert themselves, Yokohama then scored again through Daisuke Oku, who curled a free kick just inside the post in first-half stoppage time.

Nigeria came out and cancelled that out with Ogbeche scoring a carbon copy of Oku's goal almost as soon as the break was over.

But they constantly struggled to get the ball in midfield, despite the presence of Kanu in an unfamiliar role, and often looked in danger against the quick players of the Japanese side.

And they suffered two late scares.

Brazilian Dutra almost snatched a third for Yokohama after beating Taribo West for pace down the left, but his shot flew just wide, and then Sakata missed from close range after another defensive breakdown.

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