Head Coach of Catalonia side, Johan Cryuff, listed 10 players from Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona for the international friendly against Nigeria’s Super Eagles last evening. He also picked seven players from Espanyol FC, whose ground host the encounter.
The list made available to the Nigerian delegation on arrival in Barcelona had Barcelona first choice in goal, Victor Valdes, Xavi Hernandez, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya, Sergio Roberto, Christian Tello and Marc Bartra all listed from the Catalan giants.
From Espanyol, there was Joan Verdi, Joan Capdevilla, Sergio Garcia, Kiko Casilas, Raul Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, and Sergio Tejera. Others in the team list are AC Milan’s Bojan Rkic, Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez, Jordi Amat and Francesco Medina ‘Piti’ both of Rayo Vallecano and Red Bulls Zalburg’s Jonathan Soriaro.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles held hosts Catalonia to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played at the Cornelia El-Prat Stadium in Barcelona.
The Catalonians drew first blood as early as the third minute courtesy of a penalty kick neatly taken by Sergio Gonzalez.
But Nigeria equalized in the 54th minute through Portland Timbers striker, Bright Dike to ensure Nigeria avert the embarrassing defeat suffered 14 years ago when the two teams met.
Nigeria will confront Cape Verde on January 7th to intensify preparation for the upcoming African Cup of Nations billed to hold in South Africa.