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Nigeria knocked out of Confederations Cup by Spain

Posted: 23 June 2013 Time: 23:20

Spain beat Nigeria 3-0 at the Estadio Castelao Fortaleza to top Group B and make the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

There were signs of promise from Stephen Keshi’s young Super Eagles, but their finishing often let them down, and it seemed as if Spain never really got out of third gear.

Jordi Alba opened the scoring early on, finishing off a flowing move by the Spaniards. Alba received a neat pass from his Barcelona clubmate Andreas Iniesta and skipped past three Nigerian defenders, with a lucky rebound along the way, before slotting home.

The Super Eagles caused problems for Spain’s defence in the first half. John Mikel Obi was set up by some good work from Joseph Akpala, but his attempt was thwarted by Sergio Ramos.

Sunday Mba next came close, with build-up play by Ideye Brown, but his stinging effort was edged out by Victor Valdes.

Spain doubled their advantage on the hour mark, when substitute Fernando Torres capitalised on some poor defending to head home two minutes after coming onto the pitch.

Ahmed Musa set up substitute Muhammad Gambo, who somehow managed to hit wide with only the keeper to beat, after his first touch let him down badly.

Alba sealed the win with two minutes to go, rounding Vincent Enyeama after a long pass from David Silva.

Stephen Keshi team will leave Brazil with a solitary win over Tahiti, finishing third in Group B behind Uruguay.

Spain top Group B with nine points, and face Itay in a rematch of last year’s Euro 2012 Final in the semi-final on Thursday.

Previous comments on this story...

NaijaBros
posted: 11:38 pm
@Vineyard - where do you see me raining insult on anybody? Una just dey type without reading abi? I expect nothing less from my fellow Naija peeps.
panache
posted: 11:39 pm
Lets see what those fools at NFF will do now, Fire brigade mentality and Keshi your time is surely up now, Your Mafia ways have back fired now. This is a collective result from the players down to the officials. I am not surprised when you have the likes of Amokachi, Keshi in one place. Those 2 were trouble makers back in their playing days so I don't see any difference now that they are in the backroom. I just want to see them qualify for the World Cup
NaijaBros
posted: 11:39 pm
@Ebonygod - Thank you jare. I'm glad I am not the only forumite that noticed it. Dem don dey deny ever calling for Ideye and Ujah.
▌▌Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 11:40 pm
·٠•✯✨ KESHI

....Please LEARN from tonights match against the BEST!!!!!
....Lets start getting used to winning by long margin ...at least in africa ...rather than playing too cautious. THATS THE ONLY WAY UP
alhajibolaji554
posted: 11:43 pm
Well guys, our strikers sucks. I mean...what choice would you have? Moses, Emenike, Uche, and recently Oduamadi is out. And Onazi is injured. So losing to Spain 3-0 without five important players is impressive, including the fact we played well (spain 55% nigeria 45% possesion). However, what is wrong with Ideye? Did someone put concrete in his boots? He's been missing glorious chances. Gambo missed an awesome opportunity. Musa was a constant threat to Spain with his pace and I must say his delivery is improving. Mba played pretty good. Mikel was a monster, splitting Spain's defence in half with his killer passes. Ambrose has some skill and Echiejile is good going up foward. But the defence was a bit dull, they should be tight on the Spaniards. I don't know why people are calling for Enyeama's head, because he was instrumental to Nigeria's defence. Overall, Nigerian played good, but lack of attacking and one minute loss of concentration in defence was Nigeria's undoing. The first and third goal should have never happened(and have you noticed the diving?) Naija tried. If our original strike force comes back and Keshi can polish the defence a little bit, we can be world beaters.
Sho
posted: 11:45 pm
People wwill say Nff impose players on coach, why won't they do that since the coach is failing in his duties.
Anonymous
posted: 11:47 pm
@Omo Naija,@Vineyard..u guys re the most useless and senseless moron ve ever seen commenting on a football site..OMG!..u cant be real..u know what ?..go get busy..its obvious u re reasoning with ur toes while other re using their heads..stupid ingrate nigerians as usual..lol..
denonso1
posted: 11:50 pm
@ KESHIMANIANs and KESHI, it is time you guys leave our SEs and walk-out with any dignity left in you all. Nigeria deserve better, people that are patriotic enough to work for our teams. This is the worst performance by an African team in the confederations cup, thanks to KESHI and his supporters. KESHI needs to go!!! If they decide to keep him and would not be surprise for Malawi to come to Nigeria and leave with 1-0 win. He calls himself "BIG BOSS = BIG EGO," should be given the befitting name "BIG FOOL," because he just played himself into the hands of NFF and they will swing the axe on him in a heart-beat.

I'm fade up with Nigeria football. I glad I stopped watching immediately they conceded a 3 minute goal. This is the lowest I have seen our football. Our ranking will take a HUGE FALL leaving us to face the seeds in the last face of qualifiers if we even beat Malawi. Who in their right might gambles with a team like this, knowing this will have a BIG IMPACT in the CAF seeding for the last phase of the worldcup qualifiers? Only a person as greedy and clueless as KESHI.

Now KOLA and Co run your clueless thoughts and analysis. I am hoping you are not the same KOLA from Bay area because if you are, I am disappointed in your chain of thoughts in this forum.
Francois
posted: 11:50 pm
We Need our Top Strikers Back. All our top strikers should be invited to fight for shirts. I know the strikers in this confedaration did their best. However what Muhammed Gambo did in front of goal is a little embarassing. At this level of the game the Nigerian fans and supporters deserve better.
Anonymous
posted: 11:51 pm
SOME PEOPLE IN HERE GET SMALL BRAIN

Na waaaooo naija peeps, the team is rubbish now, common lets talk with some sense, the coach pick the team that won the nations cup, now his bad, common,

We have a good team, played well created lots of chances, against the world champs All wee need is a good strikers, if we had Emenike, Mosses, in that team it would have made a big difference.

And as for people wey dey talk say coach should pick this player or that player, that's just dump, cos the coach no better, just because some1 plays in Denmark and scores lots of goal with naija name, no mean say he has the quality to play for Nigeria.

WELL DONE EAGLES, YOU CAN ONLY GET BETTER
Anonymous
posted: 11:52 pm
@panache..this is super eagles u can only say keshi s time is up if hes working in your dads company..nigerians with sense will know your super eagles re on the rise..dont know why nigeria has too much fools calling theirselves football fans..loads of craps..
BremerBoy
posted: 11:53 pm
Keshi it is time to go for work, U don!t have a team yet. This present team lacks concentration, U can not hope on them, neither nigerians will have nothing to do with them.
A star has to play for 90 minutes with full concentration, U provide nigerian hungry backyard players and named them SE-stars, infact this your so called satrs are not fit and qualified to wear SE-jercy, think about it. May god bless Nigeria !
Kingszico
posted: 11:55 pm
@BremerBoy i respect your opinion but asking that Enyeama should leave SE is what i don't understand. Do you actually watch these matches or you just comment because others are commenting? Even if you are the best goalkeeper in the world, if your midfield and defense is not good, there is not much you could do for example, in today's game against Spain, Enyeama was repeatedly exposed by the midfield and defense. As far as I am concern, for now, Enyeama is the best goalkeeper SE have. If not for him, today, match would have ended about 6 or 7-0. So please go and re-watch the game before you make your declaration.
NaijaBros
posted: 11:55 pm
What Gambo did in front of goal gave me flashbacks of Yakubu against South Korea in 2010. I don't know how it was possible to miss that goal. At least we now know 1 spot has opened up for another striker to take. I don't see Gambo returning to the Eagles anytime soon.
denonso1
posted: 11:56 pm
@ KESHIMANIANs and KESHI, it is time you guys leave our SEs and walk-out with any dignity left in you all. Nigeria deserve better, people that are patriotic enough to work for our teams. This is the worst performance by an African team in the confederations cup, thanks to KESHI and his supporters. KESHI needs to go!!! If they decide to keep him and I would not be surprise for Malawi to come to Nigeria and leave with 1-0 win. He calls himself "BIG BOSS = BIG EGO," should be given the befitting name "BIG FOOL," because he just played himself into the hands of NFF and they will swing the axe on him in a heart-beat.

I'm fade up with Nigeria football. I am glad I stopped watching immediately they conceded a 3 minute goal. This is the lowest I have seen our football. Our ranking will take a HUGE FALL leaving us to face the seeds in the last face of qualifiers if we even beat Malawi. Who in their right might gambles with a team like this, knowing this will have a BIG IMPACT in the CAF seeding for the last phase of the worldcup qualifiers? Only a person as greedy and clueless as KESHI.

Now KOLA and Co run your clueless thoughts and analysis. I am hoping you are not the same KOLA from Bay area because if you are, I am disappointed in your chain of thoughts in this forum.
blackpanther187
posted: 12:02 am
No need to panic guys Keshi will drop all the players that didnt use their chances. I mean he gave them a chance atleast...

The only position i dont see any NPL player is in the striking position! Sorry to say this.

Ok for the Confed I dont care.. stupid Tournament anyway! But for WC and WCQ we should use only top Eurobased players in the striking position. When I say top than I mean top and not some guys in Denmark or Albania...ok! .
soccer-graduate
posted: 12:04 am
Oh, because Keshi's team did not beat Spain ( which ALL the countries in the world are afraid of) then he's a bad coach?, everybody has a right to his opinion but what I cannot take is raining insults on people b/c they refuse to accept your myopic calls for Keshi's head. I can't believe this, you called for local players he gave them chance, he went ahead to discover some unknown talents like Ogu, he brought you AFCON, SE now play with authority and we all know this game would have been different if not for injury casualties. Why are some people such dangerous hypocrites?? or probably the dropped players are the ones trying to bring confusion in this forum? HATERS WILL ALWAYS GROW LEAN!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:06 am
It took westerhof 3-4 years to build a solid team and in those times many players come and go and some stays..back then there re pool of quality players to choose from..this coach just won the afcon..ve never seen nigerian team putting their feet on the field in a very long time.even against the best team in the world this team still create chances..with the injured attackers this team will take on any team without fear..and some people still come on here and talking rubbish ?..woow..this cant be real..they want new coach..keshi is a mafia..hes a big ego...a business...not a good coach...his time is up..hes failing his duties...common guys use ur brains and be real..OMG!
Anonymous
posted: 12:08 am
Fix the attack, the team will be up there. Criticisms are good but some of the criticisms are unfair. As poor as Ideye and Musa can often be, they are still needed in the team.

Segun
Santi Santi
posted: 12:08 am
Am so disappointed with some comments here, i honestly dont know why people want Keshi gone Nigerians are really ungrateful, two years back we were no where near producing a performance like this, we lost 3-0 to Spain so what? this is probably the best ever intl team no shame losing to them with such a performance, Eagles are a work in progress lots of positives to take back home and make plans to improve the team.
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