Jozy Altidore scores twice to lift US over Nigeria

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Jacksonville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Jozy Altidore netted a pair of goals in leading the United States over Nigeria, 2-1 Saturday at Everbank Field in a World Cup send-off match.

Altidore tapped in Fabian Johnson’s cross in the 31st minute to give the United States a 1-0 lead.

In the 68th minute, Altidore cut inside of Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo before before delivering a right-footed shot from 12 yards than beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Victor Moses converted an 86th-minute penalty for Nigeria after he was knocked over in the penalty area by Matt Besler.

U.S. goalie Tim Howard and his Nigerian counterpart Enyeama each had four saves.

The Americans were undefeated in their send-off series, also beating Azerbaijan, 2-0 and Turkey, 2-1.

They open their World Cup campaign June 16 against Ghana, the team that eliminated them from the last two tournaments. They follow with games against fourth-ranked Portugal and second-ranked Germany.

In other international friendly matches Saturday, Cameroon edged Moldova, 1-0; Estonia beat Tajikistan, 2-1; Belgium toppled Tunisia, 1-0; Hungary blasted Kazakhstan, 3-0; Spain crushed El Salvador, 2-0; Argentina ripped Slovenia, 2-0 and England tied with Honduras, 0-0.

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