Nigeria’s Super Eagles now have a slim and difficult chance of qualifying for the semi-final of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil after slumping to a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Uruguay in the early hours of Friday.
The victory for the South American champions, Uruguay, now sees them tied on three points with Nigeria. But while the Super Eagles face an uphill task against Spain in their last group game on Sunday, Uruguay faces whipping boys Tahiti
After first going behind to a 19th minute strike by Diego Lugano, John Obi Mikel got Nigeria back in the mix as he scored a rare goal for the Super Eagles when he rifled in the equalising goal in the 37th minute of the tie.
It was Mikel Obi’s 4th goal in his 50th international appearance.
However a mistake by Ahmed Musa saw the Uruguayans initiate a fast break and Diego Forlan, who was wearing his 100th national team cap, scored the second goal that turned out to be the winner for his side.
Defeat for the African champions brought to an end their 18-match unbeaten run that dates back to May 2012.