May 29, 2018 / 3:22 AM / 21 days ago

Soccer: Nigeria held to draw in World Cup warm-up

(Reuters) - World Cup-bound Nigeria conceded a late penalty and were held to a 1-1 draw by the Democratic Republic of Congo in a friendly in Port Harcourt planned to give them a fitting send-off to next month’s tournament in Russia.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Nigeria vs DR Congo - Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria - May 28, 2018 DR Congo's Ben Malango celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigeria, who head to Europe to continue their preparations with a game against England on Saturday, took a 15th-minute lead through Dutch-born defender William Troost Ekong.

But they gave away a spot-kick in the 78th minute which striker Ben Malomgo converted for the equaliser.

Nigeria will also play a friendly against the Czech Republic before they head to Russia, where they face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Johannesburg, editing by Ed Osmond

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