Home-Based Super Eagles Suffer Heavy Defeat Against Mexico

by Chidi Nwoke.

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The home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered a 4-0 defeat against Mexico in an international friendly match with goals from Hector Herrera, Rogelio Funes Mori and Jonathan dos Santos, at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Sunday.

The Super Eagles lineup comprised mainly of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) except for Ibrahim Sunusi, who plays for CF Montreal. In the absence of Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Enyimba forward Anayo Iwuala was handed the captain’s armband and led Gernot Rohr’s side.

Home-based Super Eagles squad

The gap in quality between the two sides was evident as Mexico showed their intent right from the start as they took the lead inside the opening two minutes.

From a corner kick, the ball fell to Mexico captain Hector Herrera, who fired the ball into the net as he was left unmarked in the box.

Nigeria’s goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili (R) watches as the ball hits the net after Mexico’s Hector Herrera fires shot during an International  friendly football at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Mexico doubled its lead in the fourth minute after Napoli winger Hirving Lozano linked up with Funes Mori. The striker placed his effort into the top left corner. Mexico dominated the first half with the most chances created and ball possession, while the Super Eagles struggled to create and failed to register a single shot on target.

The North Americans continued from where they stopped after the half-time break as they turned the second 45 minutes to a one-sided affair.

In the 52nd minute, Herrera scored his brace with a low drive into an empty net after the Super Eagles goalkeeper  Stanley Nwabali rushed out to stop Lozano.

Mexico’s Hector Herrera celebrates goal against Nigeria

Nigeria’s woes were compounded after Adekunle Adeleke and Uche Onwuansanya were stretchered off after picking up injuries. Meanwhile, Mexico made a triple substitution in the 66th minute and it paved the way the introduction of Jonathan dos Santos who replaced Herrera.

Substitute dos Santos rounded up the scoring as he fired in Mexico’s fourth 13 minutes from time to cap off a dominant performance for the Gold Cup champions.

Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos (6) scores goal against Nigeria

The Super Eagles defence could not find answers to Mexico’s wave of attack as the match ended 4-0, a comfortable win for the Mexicans.

Sunday’s result extended Mexico’s dominance over Nigeria, and after six games, El Tri  (Mexico)  have now won three and the West Africans remain winless after three outings ended in draws.

The inexperienced Nigerian team gave their all in the international friendly clash, but they could not cope with Mexico’s

Next up for Nigeria is the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers which will start in September. The three-time African champions are in Group B alongside Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia.

 

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