Africa Champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria churned out a gallant display on Sunday night but nonetheless succumbed to the superior firepower of world champions Spain as they were defeated 3-0 in their final group game of the FIFA Confedrations Cup in Brazil.
Having surprisingly enjoyed massive ball possession and created myriad of chances on the night, the Eagles have themselves to blame for at least not earning a draw in the highly explosive encounter.
Spain got the best start they could hope for as they scored a third minute goal through Jordi Alba, who practically danced through the Eagles defence before firing home from close range to lead 1-0 at half time,
Coach Stephen Keshi’s game plan was altered when Kenneth Omeruo was taken off with a dislocated shoulder, and he was replaced by Azubuike Egwueke.
The Eagles created chances after chances but the likes of Ahmed Musa and Brown Ideye and later on Gambo Mohammed were awful in front of goal.
Vincent Enyeama on the night did a yoeman’s job in between the sticks but could not stop Fernado Torres from registering his fifth goal of the tournament before Alba completed what he started when he netted the third goal in the dying minute of the game.
In the other game of the Group, Uruguay were not ready to take chance as they went all out to maul minows Tahiti 8-0.
Sunday’s results pitches Spain against Italy in the semi-finals while Brazil takes on Uruguay.