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Liverpool's Internationals Recap: Moses Scores as Nigeria Cruise

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Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot as Nigeria eventually eased past a stubborn Malawi side and secured progress to the third round of CAF World Cup qualifying.

Steve Haag

Nigeria 2: Emenike 44', Moses (pen.) 51'
Malawi 0

Nigeria's first half dominance looked to go unrewarded as Malawi held out for most of the opening forty-five minutes, but an Emmanuel Emenike strike in the 44th minute sent the hosts ahead before the break, and a Victor Moses penalty early in the second half gave Nigeria a comfortable 2-0 victory. The result means that the Nigerians are a lock for the third round draw in CAF qualifying, while Malawi will have to wait another four years to try to qualify for their first-ever World Cup.

Malawi were reduced to ten men shortly after Moses' cool finish from the spot, killing any chance that the visitors had to claw their way back into a match that eventually ground to a halt. It wasn't the most watchable of fixtures with both sides at full strength, with Nigeria on top and Malawi unable to create more than a few half-chances, but the sending off removed any doubt that Nigeria were on their way.

Nigeria will now have to wait to learn their opponent in the third round, with the draw taking place on September 16, the same day Moses will join his new teammates for the first time as they take on Swansea City.