U.S.-born players strike in same game for Italy and Nigeria
[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] What are the odds of two players being born just a day apart in the United States scoring in the same game for national teams other than the
United States? That's what Giuseppe Rossi and Bright Dike did on Monday for Italy and Nigeria, respectively, in their
international friendly played in London.
The odds of Rossi and Dike, both 26, just starting were almost as long as the odds that they'd both score in the match that ended in a 2-2 tie at
Fulham's Craven Cottage.
The game was the first start for the New Jersey-born Rossi for Italy in almost two years as he battled knee problems.
The Oklahoma-native Dike, who
has bounced around teams in MLS and USL since turning pro out of Notre Dame, had never previously started for Nigeria.
Rossi, who returned to Italy to play for Fiorentina, opened the
scoring before Dike replied for Nigeria, which was playing 48 hours after clinching a berth in the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Ethiopia at home.
Rossi was born Feb. 1, 1987. Dike was born
a day later.
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