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MOSCOW, October 7. /TASS/. Nigeria national team defeated the team of Zambia with the score 1:0 in the qualifying match of the 2018 world Cup in football and earned themselves a spot in the final round of the tournament, which will be held in Russia.

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The goal was scored by Alex Iwobi (73). In a parallel match of group B of the national team of Cameroon defeated the team of Algeria – 2:0. In the standings one round before the end of the training the national team of Nigeria secured the first place with 13 points, followed by team Zambia (7), Cameroon (6) and Algeria (1). In the final of the world Cup there are winners of each of the five groups at this stage of the competition .

The Nigerian national team became the 12th team got to the world Cup, after the teams of Russia, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England and Spain.

Nigeria national team debuted at world Championships in 1994, taking first place in the group with Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece, but was eliminated in the 1/8 finals, in extra time, losing to future finalist of the tournament against Italy. After that, the Nigerians conceded only world Cup 2006: in 1998 and 2014, the team reached the 1/8 finals, in 2002 and 2010 failed to qualify from the group.

Also team Nigeria is a three-time winner of the African Cup of Nations, winner of the Olympic games of 1996, silver (2008) and bronze (2016) medal.

World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July 2018 in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk.