Savic, Pavon and the other Wonder Kids who could Prove to be hugely influential in the World Cup for their countryThe Super Eagles threw in Ahmed Musa to replace Iwobi, Nwankwo to replace Mikel Obi and Leicester city’s Iheanacho to replace Ighalo. Nigeria finally came undone when Troost-Ekong was adjudjed to have impeded Manduzic’s attempt to react to a corner. Replays showed the young defender’s arms squarely around the striker thereby rooting him to the ground in full glare of the referee, who responded by pointing to the spot, which Real Madrid’s Luka Modric made no mistake from to put the Croatians top of the Group D with 3 points. for playing his players out of position. Citing his nephew Alex Iwobi case as most peculiar, The football Legend lamented the missed opportunity by Nigeria.
“We didn’t have a creative player today,” the former Nigeria No.10 added. Mikel has been a good servant to the national team. His best position is playing in front of the defence. We saw what he did playing for Chelsea where he had a glorious career. The most creative player in that team is Alex Iwobi but he was played on the flanks. He (Iwobi) can play on the flanks at Arsenal because they had better players in that role like Mesut Ozil.”Gernot Rohr expressed his disappointment with the outcome of the game. He however conceded that the better team won on the day and remained hopeful over the coming fixtures for Nigeria against Iceland and Argentina respectively.
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“We’re really disappointed we lost this game,” Rohr said in his post-match press conference. Croatia were the better team. We could have come back into it in the second half after we started very well before the penalty against us… “Agreeing with his counterpart, Croatian Coach Zlatko Dalic expressed his satisfaction with the result and his side’s quality over The Super Eagles.
… Gernot Rohr Post match conference
A win is a win,” he said. “Corners and penalties are part of football. It doesn’t matter how you score, it matters that you score. We earned our luck. We want to be more efficient in attack but we are not going to split hairs about the way we scored.The Super Eagles take on Iceland next whilst The Group leaders Croatia take on Messing and Argentina in the next round of Group D fixtures later this week. Man of the match was Oghenekero Etebo for Nigeria who scored the own goal. His overall contribution was superb, with 9 take ons and a success rate of 100℅.
It was a difficult match against an excellent opponent. We were disciplined and we deservedly won.”
… Zlatko Dalic Post match conference