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The three-time African champions lost the tie despite dominating possession.

The Super Eagles suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ecuador in an international friendly game played in the early hours of Friday, June 3, 2022 (WAT).

Read more about Sports   Villarreal of Spain defender PervisEstupinan headed home the lone goal of the encounter in the third minute after an error from the Nigerian defence. Following the goal, the Super Eagles took charge of the game but failed to equalize despite creating a lot of chances. The defeat is Jose Poseiro’s second game in charge of the Super Eagles and second loss since he replaced Gernot Rohr as head coach of the three-time African champions. It will be recalled that the Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by Mexico during Peseiro’s first outing with the team on May 29, 2022.

Despite the defeat, Peseiro hailed the boys for improved performance and insisted that the referee made some bad decisions like failing to award Nigeria a penalty in the first half.

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“I think in the game against Mexico the first half we didn’t play well,”
the Portuguese tactician said during the post-match briefing.

“But today in the last 25 to 30 minutes we were in command but only in the first 15 minutes, we didn’t play well.

“The second half was much better but it is not easy to put pressure for 90 minutes. And of course, I don’t like to speak about the referee but at least we deserved one penalty, no VAR but in the stadium, a clear penalty was shown. The goalkeeper touched the foot of our striker (Terem Moffi) but anybody can make mistake, I can commit mistake, and the referee, players can commit mistake also. 

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“We played much better today compared to the game against Mexico. I think we pressured more, created more opportunities. Against Mexico we created opportunities but today we created more. More pressure more organisation and remember against Mexico we only trained two times and some players trained just once.”

Nigeria’s next game is a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match against Sierra Leone on

June 9, 2022.


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