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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...

posted: 07:00 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.
posted: 07:06 pm
@Lars Lagerback or Lager or Lag u have been Saked by me alright. where r all d Okocha's d Oliseh's d SIASIA's and the rest of EX SUPER EAGLES,UNTIL ALL OF THEM R BACK IN 1 MIND...THATS WHEN SUPER EAGLES WIL BECOME REAL SUPER SUPER.....MARK MY WORD.NA HOYLBABA DEY TALK SO.
posted: 07:06 pm
Yesssssss!!!! You got big mouth Afrcan Nigas.
posted: 07:06 pm
Ha di hae ditonki tse.hahahahaha
posted: 07:09 pm
Go back that overpopulated west african country.hahahaha
Chain Gang
posted: 07:09 pm
I saw The Super Eagles of Nigeria lossing to Greece. You played very well. In fact, you should have won the game. I saw the quality of passes. I thought you were a dead snake but I was proven wrong. You still got it! All you need is to bring discipline in your team. Your strikers need to score goals as well. Unfortunately your time is up.

As for Bafana Bafana, we lost because of our inexperience. We gave away ball possession a lot of times. And that's what caused us the game. We need to improve, otherwise, we won't get anywhere. I was so dissapointed to see our players giving away ball possession a lot at this highest level of competition. I wonder what they have learnt in their camps in Brazil and Germany. Passing a ball to a teammate is a vey difficult thing to do for majority of our players. Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Teko Modise and Kagisho Dikgacoi need to learn practically how to pass a ball to their teammates. It's not like in the PSL where you loose a ball and you don't get punished. The level of competition is stronger at the world cup level.

Chain Gang Commander
posted: 07:10 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..
posted: 07:11 pm
Kaita and his gang heading for the exit terminals.2014 could come sooner.i no SA wont be there FACT.
posted: 07:11 pm
Hahahahahaha! Hehehehehehe feel it! They r gone.
posted: 07:13 pm
Go home nigerian donkis hehehehehe
greece 2-drug dealers 1. Hehehehehe
posted: 07:19 pm
Wizzy u have to agree that yo FA is a mess.dey sacked amodou ,fo an unknown swede only da naijaz can pull dis off.au revoir
posted: 07:27 pm
And you have to agree your FA is the worst, droping Benni for the dumbass lowlife footballers
posted: 07:31 pm
Benni is a spent force his belly is danglin he's fat and unfit valid reasons n y'all?
posted: 07:33 pm
@All psl trophies....You are a shameless black idiot in south africa.
If nigerians are drug dealers its purely because they are smart people.
Atleast some nations are the planters and consumers.
The 15% whites in ur country will continue to intimidate you and will continue to ride over u people,You are all but a huge digrace to black nations....just yesterday you failed woefuly 3 - 0 infront of your nation yet you have mouth to call nigeria names....Idiot
posted: 07:35 pm
keita couse the downfall he owe the whole africa an apology,tht was delibarate,he cover his face to hind the smile.he was smiling.y dd he take the wrld cup so simpile?a world cup is a serious business.
posted: 07:36 pm
Its a pity dat Austin J-J Okocha is soca analyst here. da Eaglets will eternally miss his silky skillz.He was great.
posted: 07:44 pm
Tough luck to Nigeria nd Keita lost his temper at d wrong time jst when the Super Eagles were leading!
posted: 07:47 pm
Kaita ? Who the hell is this Aboki. The arsehole should be shot not once twice. He is lucky Nigeria is not Columbia, he would have been shot whenever he is in Nigeria.
Sani Kaita you will be remembered in Nigeria as Odiye was remembered for the owned goal he scored against Nigeria. This arsehole has no business in the team.
Yakubu was non existence, what about Martins why was he not used. Lagerback did not earn this salary today, after the sending off he never made any efforts to reorganise things. Was this guy working to ensure Africa fails.
We need changes from Lulu down. The super Chickens have done it again.
I have just been told Kaita was bribed to reduce Nigeria's chances at this world cup. EFCC pls investigate
posted: 07:59 pm
Shame on all you Oyibo na Oyibo people. all those of you that took bribe to drive Amodu off may God purnish all of you one by one including Odegbami and his PTF fraud. The team has improved my ass.
@Tomiwa may thunder finish you for blaming Amodu for this defeat.
@ Okey your days are numbered, do not ever return to Nigeria to sell your spare parts go back to Sweden.Lagerback is the biggest 419 and joker of a coach
posted: 08:25 pm
I can't believe the chickens were roosted judging by the hate speech last night.Well done for showing consistancy,and wish you can sustain that record in your last game.
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