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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...

posted: 12:09 am
@temilele..yup u re right ..keshi dont know how to select players..may be you shoud suggest one of your brothers that plays in man u or chelsea for him or what do u think ?..idiot like you..
emeka amandi
posted: 12:10 am
generally the team is gud but we need clinical finishers,a younger and serious goal keeper...enyeama is beginning to lack quality....mikel should be made the captain...efe ambrose should also be changed.....two goal conceded from his side aginst Uruguay n again the Spanish first goal was from his side again.....
posted: 12:13 am
Well, SE has improved that's for sure. Compared this game to the one we play against Cape Verde.
Santi Santi
posted: 12:14 am
Segun so unfair i just wonder why people want to run down Keshi at all cost, i have been reading reactions from both local & intl media they are all praising this team, some say they havent seen a Nigerian team play like that yet people want to crucify Keshi, is it because he is a local coach? phew what a nation.
the african patriot
posted: 12:17 am
come on naija people... you guys should leave keshi to fine tune the team..naija played well against the world champs and even had a 47% possession.. the team played with some mighty confidence.. even italy lost 0-4 to spain.. as for me Mikel Obi is a world class midfielder. mikel 4 africa's best player. gordon igesund should stay too 4 bafana..Woza africa
posted: 12:32 am
This is a young squad
They have performed on the world stage with this tournament
It was a good learning ground
I was not disappointed with what I saw of this team
The hunger is there, and that is very fundamental to having a winning squad
We need a good striker that can run at defences, Musa dosn't have such confidence
We need a holding midfielder now that Obi has become our playmaker
Then we need a robust defender in the mould of Bright Omokaro, Lotis Boateng, Sunday Eboigbe who can wear down a striker
Overall, the team is good
My prediction: we shall qualify for the world cup and do well in Brazil next year
Pray against injuries
Keshi earn my praises for his courage in managing a team plagued by injuries and a very myopic FA
posted: 12:33 am
This is sad, other Africans are praising Keshi yet few Nigerians are giving credit.
posted: 12:35 am
Enyeama, Echiejile, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Moses, Emenike. This is the core of the Super Eagles. We need these seven guys on the pitch together. Any
posted: 12:43 am
Enyeama, Echiejile, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Moses, Emenike. This is the core of the Super Eagles. We need these seven guys on the pitch together. We must fill up the other spots with quality players. Musa can be an impact sub. He's like Walcott (when he was young and immature). We learned a lot from the confed cup and the ANC. Those seven guys are the men. Keshi, one of the best coaches in the world, knows this. He knows the boys from the men.
posted: 12:52 am

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.

@Anonymous without name. Please read your above posted comment and analyse it well. You mean the couch should pick his own players because he knows them better, but should not be blamed when those same players fail to perform? What a way to think! Let me remind you that chances created don't win matches, but chances converted into goals win matches. What is the job of a couch, if Emenike and Moses are out due to injuries? Select a quality replacement or hope that the home based players will make a better replacement. FIFA almost practically went on their knees for Keshi to replace Onazi, (with all the new young, skillful and energetic players being discovered every day) but like the proverbial dog that is doomed, his brain and ears were blocked. Now someone like you, who obviously hates the truth, with no name to your written statement,is writing about talking with common sense. Read your post again, to see how much sense you have in it.
posted: 01:28 am
I know my level in football and it takes me nothing to detect a knowledgeable coach and teams.I was always watching keshi's matches with Togo and Mali.There were many,many things that wasn't clicking on his team and that was why he was jobless until NFF picked him up.I found the same problem on Amodu and Lars Lagerback.

A good coach must have a large range of tactics and knowledge at his disposal.We see how Vicente del Bosque was doing the magic with his fingers.Keshi might have a UEFA coaching license,but all the college graduates are not equal.Keshi is in lack of the conceptual moves and strategy implemented in the current world football.

I can't even tell if he has a tactics board.A good coach must have a carefully planned tactics for every match just to achieve the result.You can't tell me that you went to a FIFA competition to make up a number while the whole world is watching.There is no organized operations in his attack,he just pushed them in to play and wait for luck.

After my football arithmetic sequences yesterday,I predicted 2-0 but they beat my linear functions with a goal.I knew it that Nigeria would not score because of the substances necessary in football knowledge,is not their with keshi.This is my main reasons of not being his fan since.I commented earlier today,that I would be his number one FAN if he beat Spain.But na where you see the person wey train killed.

We will continue embarrassing ourselves like this if we can't refined our eyes and leave tribalism and nepotism alone and go for a better coach.
posted: 01:40 am
Mr.Uzo please give us a break,When we play against Namibia,Malawi,Kenya what happened then,tomorrow if we play Somalia and manage to get a draw we will complain about jet lag or fatigue.The point is that the home base boys Keshi is trying to sell are not marketable and therefore he should just invite our best legs across the globe,Nobody should come here and give us useless excuse,am not against any coach but whoever is there should not take over 160 million Nigerians for granted.
posted: 01:41 am
Im watching the replay of first half of the game on espn3 now. Guys, the Eagles didnt play bad so far. But IDEYE, IDEYE missed a lot of chances which a clever striker would have converted. Yes, this eagles have future only if the coach can find solution to the attacker. I am not a Keshi Fan at all, but this team will go places. Keshi must stay o. Now, before you guys crucify me, I am not a keshi family o, I am just a Super Eagles fan.
posted: 01:53 am
i wonder how some guys would come here to attack people for simply say their mind,Lack of home training.
posted: 02:17 am
Most comments here lack logic. Nigeria played a good game and just could not score! Okay we lost 3-0 but were we disgraced as some dic.kheads would want me to believe? With better strikers, the Super Eagles would have disgraced Spain tonite!! For me, I liked what I saw on display today and I'm proud of being a Nigerian here in Canada. Even Eurosport came out with WASTEFUL NIGERIA headline. Guys be real!!!!
posted: 02:34 am
@Connerstone, God bless you bro.
posted: 02:34 am
@Connerstone, God bless you bro.
posted: 02:50 am
You guys acting as if we got disgraced, we played well just our strikers wouldn't score.
posted: 02:51 am
I won't blame Ideye at all. I blame the juju man that performed voodoo on him to always cut b4 he try to shoot on any given chance he gets. I believe if Ideye has open net no goalie, he will cut the goal post first b4 shooting. That's his trademark I guess. Which kind nonsense be this sef.

As for Gambo, his name says it all. He has gambled his way out of SE for life. Even if that guy scores hundred goals and physically tear all the net in Naija league, he should not be invited to SE again unless he writes 160 million apology letters to every Nigerian including the people in Diaspora for his big miss. Nonsense!!!
posted: 03:04 am
Just finished watching the game...I must say very few African teams would be able to play and create chances with ease against Spain the way Naija did in that 1st half. The only undoing of this team is purely the blunt attack. However, In defense I see the importance of having an experienced player in the mould of Yobo to organize them. The way our offside traps don't work is very alarming. Spain had so many one on ones. Yobo may not be fast as these younger guys but he would help them in their positioning...
However, I would not feel any unrest if NFF decides to scrutinize Keshi's list next time b4 being published. Because even monkey would know some players should not be invited but Keshi for the hardened nature/policy he adopts would still want to invite the confed failures again. As I say I would not complain if NFF scrutinizes that list first b4 we fall our hand again.
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