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Heartbreak for Super Eagles as Greece fight back

Posted: 17 June 2010 Time: 17:53

Dimitrios Salpingidis and Vasilios Torosidis scored as Greece secured a come-from-behind victory over Nigeria in Bloemfontein on Thursday afternoon.

The Super Eagles had taken an early lead through Kala Uche’s free-kick, but a silly red card for Sani Keita gave the Greeks the opportunity to get back into the game.

With both sides desperately needing to take something from this game, neither side was willing to offer an inch as the match got off to a conservative start.

The Greeks stuck to their traditional defensive tactics, restricting Nigeria’s ventures forward, but at the same time limiting their own offensive opportunities to speculative shots like the one Kostas Katsouranis offered up from half-field.

Feeling the pressure from the Greek defense, Nigeria’s forward approach was continuously halted as the Super Eagles struggled to string more than a handful of passes in midfield.

The Africans’ fortunes changed drastically for the better just past the quarter-hour mark as a free-kick for Uche was misjudged by Greece ‘keeper Alexandros Tzorvas. The Panathinaikos shot-stopper anticipated a touch by Peter Odemwingie, but the Lokomotiv Moscow man let Uche’s ball run through the maze of bodies and it ended up in the back of the net.

Greece were now pressured to attack, but it seemed the Nigerians were looking content to sit back and defend their early lead. The likes of Giorgos Karagounis and Kostas Katsouranis couldn’t find a way past the Nigerian defense, but all that changed when Kaita was shown a red card for an unnecessary kick on Vasilis Torosidis.

The dismissal prompted Greece coach Otto Rehhagel to introduce a third forward in Giorgos Samaras.

While Vincent Enyeama continued to show his marvel by denying Gekas a clear opportunity from just a few yards off the goal-line, it seemed now after 16 years that it was just a matter of time before the Greeks scored their first World Cup goal.

Sure enough the goal came a minute before half-time as Dimitris Salpingidis found the back of the net off an unfortunate deflection off a Nigerian defender.

Enyeams continued to pull off some remarkable saves after the break, but then let a seemingly straight-forward long-range effort slip from his grasp, allowing Torosidis to tap in from close range.

Nigeria had an opportunity to level late on, but Chenedu Obasi missed an open goal after the Greek keeper could only parry Yakubu’s shot following a quick counter.

Previous comments on this story...

vudooooo
posted: 06:23 pm
That`s what happens when u become tjatjaraag u should have taken a lesson from us not to try and outsmart us...u must never ever laugh a man when is knocked half down now u guys are seriously down `cause i thought that we should be one african team,but no 9jas u try to be better than us ......***Hic hic***

Blooody Greece Nxa
Sorry to Vincent u are one of the best ....
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
Mokete why do u hate our nigerian brotherz they human like me and u
Anonymous
posted: 06:28 pm
Eish. Down with divisions but Kaita needs to be shot. Stupid unprovoked red card.
vudooooo
posted: 06:30 pm
Jeff u can`t blame mokete dis guys hulle prat te veel,I neva hear any negative comment from the other 4 countries`s fans but NOOOOOOoooo not with our Mr Ibu`s of this world...
Anonymous
posted: 06:33 pm
hardluck 2 the supa eagles they put up a brave fyt african teams are just disappointing.
Anonymous
posted: 06:33 pm
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Anonymous
posted: 06:34 pm
this is not good. CDI r stil to face brazil, algeri r nt convincing, the indomitable lions r in diraray, BB r on the virge of setting an unenviable record, the SE lost when least expected. Can the black stars shine again 4 afrika? I believe im 1 in billions of africans pinning my hope on the black stars. Having said all that, i think any of the lower 3 teams in group b can stil progress, as is the case with group a. But its all in the permutations. God bless Africa and all Her children alike
fire
posted: 06:36 pm
Sorry African brothers, you did put up a fight, besides you were playing with ten men.Go all out and skin Korea 3-0 you still stand a chance. I can never sell one of our own
I am an African through and through
Anonymous
posted: 06:37 pm
THEY WILL STILL SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER COACH....NIGERIA IS A SEARCHER
stan'Lee
posted: 06:39 pm
Today’s defect from the Greek was so painful considering the fact that we were on the driver’s seat after our early lead.
The red card was the turning point and it was so unfortunate.
I just felt so sad for Kaita’s silly attitude.

Such is life!!!
I applaud Enyeama, ****tu, Etuhu and kalu Uche respectively for their impressive performance.
Yobo, Haruna and Odiah were average.
Yakubu was so unlucky not to score on that chance we got.

Well, Life goes on, we still have a lifeline in the third match against the South Koreans.
But it is dicey because the Koreans and Greek now have a more positive edge against us to qualify for the 2nd round.
All the same...it is not yet over!
Lets play on.......

God no dey sleep!!!
9jame
posted: 06:40 pm
NIDERIA CAN NOT DO WITHOUT SIASIA MARK MY WORD.EVERYTHING STARTED FROM LULU,HE HATE SIASIA TO THE FINAL.TO BE FRANK WE NEED OUR BROTHER SIASIA IN OUR NATIONAL AND WE CAN NOT GO FARWARD UNTIL SIASIA IS BACK
Anonymous
posted: 06:40 pm
NOW I WILL TELL YOU PEOPLE THAT I AM A FULL FANS OF AMODU,LOOK THAT MAN HAS LUCK...YOU PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE LET HIM GO SAUTH AFRICA WITH HIS SQUAD THAT CRY THIRD IN ANGOLA ...
Anonymous
posted: 06:44 pm
Eish. Down with divisions but Kaita needs to be shot. Stupid unprovoked red card.
Anonymous
posted: 06:45 pm
Kaita was over rated by Lars and the media, now his stupid action cost us big time. Lars will be regretting starting him ahead Ayila. We really miss Olofinjana and Ajilore
Anonymous
posted: 06:47 pm
But let's be honest...Nigeria winning against S. Korea is like BB winning against France...Not gonna happen! The best we're both gonna get from these games are draws.
Anonymous
posted: 06:51 pm
Enyeama na mai man,d guy fought all thru d match,d forward couldnt compensiate him with just a goal,and thanks to Keita.he help make sure SE lose an obvious 3points.
SA if u guys intend to change ur coach,come learn frm naija bcos a coach is about to b fired.it will go on and on like that.i c no pro with d coaching crew,i would rather we change d team itself.we need fresh legs that are ready to make names
Anonymous
posted: 06:53 pm
It sucks, I believe in the super Eagles and not this so called Eruku Oshodi, Its not a suprise to lose, 3rd division team in a football country will this mudafucking team. Banana sucks, Eruku Oshodi( Imbesile Eagles)Sucks, Up GHANA.. Nah person wey pass sabi book..How can a country makes unworthy, reckless, unskillful, unitelligent, not-talented, junkies, fools, locals, senseless, futureless, OLORIBURUKU footballers their hope team??.. This suck.. common on.. Im not sorry to say this but Bananas played better. Yakubu is never concern about game lost, whats the purpose of KANU, Is matins injured? are you sure lagerbeer is not on drugs? NFA ( NO FUTURE AMBITION) is a mess.. Oliseh needs to remove his curse on this team. AFTER THEM WE HAVE HAD NO GOOD TEAM, NO GOOD STRIKERS, NO GOOD MID FIELDERS, NO GOOD DEFENDERS, NO GOOD ATACKERS.. CAn only goalkeeps play the game?. Maybe we should invest in handball?.. since France 98 when denmark weep Nigeria.. I told myself the game is Over. Now I can see the set of players Nigerians are depending on.. I swear Obansanjo go play better Yakubu, If you sell all nigeria players they cant buy only Messi, they should stop lieing about age in the first place. secondly they all need moral education.. None of these players are in better form in their club side.. You can only fool some people sometimes but you cant fool all people all times.. Good coach need good players while good players need good coach. Peace out..
Anonymous
posted: 06:54 pm
Sorry 9jas. Nxt u must close ur stingy mouths.hahahahahehehe
Anonymous
posted: 06:55 pm
Where are dis Big mouth Nai Nai Nai! 2 games No point . What is the diference between South Africa and Nigeria ! Is dat S A has one point Nigeria got O point in two games . I'm so happy its like I won the lotto ! Go back where u came from I hate Nigerian with all my life, thank u greek gods Whose loughing now whose going home now! Useless bunch of lossers
ugoeagle
posted: 06:57 pm
Sani Kaita (#14) is un-proffesional and indiscpline character to say the least. At this level of his football career, he still lacks discipline even a game as important as the world, which could ruin his profession. The "super" Eagles team lacked conhesiveness, idea, creativity, pattern, and purposefulness. This is the wrost assemblied team, Nigeria ever had, in fact have no team at all.Our hopesif any depends on a loss to Greece to the Argentinines by at least a lone goal deficit,regardless of the scoreline.Then Nigeria must beat South Korea at least by another lone goal to have a chance of qualifing from the group.

Can the Eagles beat South Koreans? Two factors plays out.

1. South Korea by loosing 4-1 against Argentines, demorlizes the team, and makes Nigeria feel that the koreans are vulnerable.

2. However, having watched Nigeria, lacking ability to create purposeful and delibrate goal-scoring chances, and even when faced with an open net, still chose not to score, makes it nearly impossible for them to win against Korea.

Therefore, this game its a wide card, more like a lottery. Relialistically speaking, we are at the very bottom of the table, having lost all our two games to the strogest and weakest team in that group, common sense says Nigeria is out. But emotionally, we still have hope, if our usual Nigerian soccer-mathetical permutation works out.


Head of Department
Nigerian Soccer Mathetical Permutation.
NFF Abuja, Nigeria.
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